The Northern Light Sports Reporter

The Northern Light Sports Reporter

  • 525971
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Student Employee
  • Student Assistant 2
  • UAA VC Student Affairs

Sport reporters are responsible for writing one 500 - 1000 word story each week related to UAA sports for The Northern Light, UAA’s student-run newspaper.


Sport reporters find interesting and newsworthy sport stories that lend themselves well to written storytelling. They research, conduct interviews, attend games and collect first hand experiences to be used in their reporting. Also, they collect photos and/or create graphics to be used with projects.


Stories can appear on The Northern Light’s website and in the printed edition. They work with other staff on the paper to prepare, develop and repackage content for use in other mediums.

Sports reporters are under the sports editor. They are responsible for following the The Northern Light editing process, which includes following the Associated Press style. They are responsible for completing edits, submitting drafts and final projects by deadlines and are expected to attend pitch meetings to discuss stories. They work with other members of the sports section to assist with sport stories.


The Northern Light is UAA’s student-run newspaper, funded by student media fees and advertising revenue. The Northern Light explains issues that affect UAA while providing balanced coverage in representing students, staff, faculty and the greater community.


The Northern Light serves as a source of news, information, entertainment and offers a platform for discourse. The paper publishes stories online and in print. Copies of the printed edition of The Northern Light are distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Distribution is about 1,500 copies. The Northern Light’s website is www.thenorthernlight.org

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
• Possess excellent verbal and written skills.
• 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 meet deadlines and work cooperatively with others.
• Ability to prepare, develop, and/or repackage features content for use in other media.
• Possess familiarity with word processors, Google Drive, Windows and Macintosh
computers.
• Ability to present news in a balanced and unbiased way.

Preferred knowledge/skills/abilities:
Familiarity with preparation and development of other media, such as audio, video and
photography.
• College level courses in journalism and public communications.
• Experience working on a publication.
• Possess knowledge of copyright law, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act
and media ethics.

Minimum Qualifications:

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), be in good academic standing, or have 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.

Position Details:

This is a part-time, up to 20 hours a week, student position paying $12.03/hour.

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. 

Applicant Instructions:

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


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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


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 mjperino@alaska.edu

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