The Northern Light, News Reporter

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  • Job Number:523864
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Other, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is the News Reporter position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This position is up to 20 hours/week and the salary is $11.34/hour.


About The Northern Light:

The Northern Light is the University of Alaska Anchorage’s student publication, funded by both student media fees and advertising sales. The publication is primarily text based and strives to be digital-first, publishing stories, audio and video content online in a timely manner. Stories are also published in a printed paper. Copies of The Northern Light are distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Total distribution is around 2,000 copies per print. The Northern Light’s website is

Job Posting Summary: 

News reporters are responsible for creating content for a designated section. The news reporter will: serve as a writer for the section; compile, edit and write specialized material for weekly fixtures and columns, and; prepare, develop and repackage section content for use in a variety of media at The Northern Light. They will assist the news editor and develop stories that engage audiences with unique and interesting stories. The ideal candidate must be a team player who can tell accurate, fair and entertaining stories across platforms—print, online, social and new media—and can motivate others to do the same. They will: learn the responsibilities of the news editor; meet and enforce all deadlines; attend staff meetings, and; be receptive of appropriate feedback regarding work for the newspaper and complete other duties as assigned. This position reports with frequent direct supervision to the news editor.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Applicants must demonstrate: ability to write and edit publishable articles or columns with attention to grammar, The Associated Press style, spelling, clarity, accuracy and thorough reporting; ability to prepare, develop, and/or repackage section content for use in other media; familiarity with word processing and Macintosh computers, and; knowledge of news gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and media ethics. Familiarity with preparation and development of other media, such as audio and video, is preferred. Reporters are expected to complete two articles a week.
Typical Experience:
Required Education or Training:

Writing experience and strong English skills.
To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must:
a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or
b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and
c. Have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee.
d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer.
e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.
f. Position reappointment is contingent upon successful progress toward degree completion and performance evaluation.

Salary Information:

This is a student position up to 20 hours/week and the salary is $11.34/hour.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

This is a pooled position, which means that the position remains open over the entire academic year. 


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Micah Perino, Student Media Fiscal Technician, at or (907) 786-1203.

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