The Northern Light, Sports Editor

The Northern Light, Sports Editor

  • 525299
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Student Employee
  • Student Assistant 2
  • UAA VC Student Affairs

The sports editor serves as editor over reporters who create written and video content related to
UAA sports. Also, the sports editor is responsible for creating two written or video stories each
week. Because many sporting events happen over the weekend, they are expected to work
over the weekend and turn stories around quickly.
The sports editor holds a meeting each week with reporters to discuss and pitch stories. They
provide guidance on how to find and research stories and brainstorm ideas. They provide
content edits and ensure reporters are completing edits and stories by weekly deadlines. They
help reporters gain any necessary permission to access events and approval to use materials
produced by outside sources.
The sport editor onboards sports reporters and trains them on news writing, story telling, opinion
writing, video production, media ethics, and Associated Press style. They work with sports
reporters to collect video, audio and information for sports related stories.
The sports editor works under the supervision of the executive editor. They work with other staff
on the paper to prepare, develop and repackage content for use in other mediums. They help
implement projects, assume the responsibilities of vacancies below them, and help achieve the
long-term goals of The Northern Light.


• Possess excellent verbal and written skills.
• Ability to write and edit articles or columns with attention to grammar, spelling, structure and
• Ability to edit stories for accuracy and unbiased, thorough reporting.
• Ability to offer suggestions to improve persuasive writing and opinion pieces.
• Possess basic knowledge of video and audio editing.
• Ability to provide feedback and constructive criticism on video and audio projects.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Work cooperatively with others on creative projects.

• Lead a team, hold meetings, set overarching goals, and coordinate staff projects.
• Ability to prepare, develop, and/or repackage content for use in other media.
• Possess familiarity with word processors, Google Drive, Windows and Macintosh
• Ability to present news in a balanced and unbiased way.

Preferred knowledge/skills/abilities:
• College level courses in journalism and public communications.
• Experience working on a publication.
• Experience with The Associated Press style.
• Knowledge of copyright laws, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and
media ethics.

Position Details:

This is a part-time, up to 20 hours a week, student position paying $12.52/hour.

Applicant Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.  Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

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 Governance Fiscal Technician, at

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