Senior Volunteer Position
Position: Deputy News Editor
Reports to: News Editor and Editor-in-Chief
Terms of Engagement: 1 January 2021 to April 30 2021 (some training may occur in December 2020)
Hours expected: 5 hours per week
The Deputy News Editor shall be responsible for assisting the News Editor with the operation and organization of the News section.
The Deputy News Editor must operate in accordance with Gateway Student Journalism Society bylaws, as well as the Gateway Student Journalism Society Code of Conduct, at all times.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensure, in conjunction with the News Editor, that matters of interest for the News section are covered.
- Create weekly pitch lists for the News Editor to use during volunteer meetings to solicit content.
- Attend News section meetings.
- Create and send post-meeting pitch emails for the News section.
- Assist in brainstorming and researching new story ideas for the section.
- Assist the News Editor in training volunteers and providing initial constructive feedback or edits on their work.
- Write at least one article a week for the News Section.
- Perform other position-related duties as required by the News Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.
- Must be registered in the equivalent of at least one (1) course for credit at the University of Alberta during each term of the Fall and Winter sessions of their term in this position.
- Must be a Gateway volunteer that has a valid volunteer agreement signed for the publishing year.
- Must have a strong knowledge of the News section, including what kinds of articles it publishes and what it covers.
- Must be available to meet the five hour per week commitment consistently.
- Must have basic computer skills.
- Must be able to deal effectively with Society and University staff, students, and the general public.
- Being a quick learner
- Able to complete tasks well and on-time
- Knowledgeable about a variety of article types
- Resourcefulness in finding article topics
- Leadership and coaching skills
- Knowledge of Canadian Press Style
Interested applicants are to send a cover letter and resume to Editor-in-Chief Adam Lachacz by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Deputy News Editor Application.”
Applications will be accepted until December 10, 2020 at midnight (MST). Successful applicants will be notified and will have a 30-minute interview with the News Editor and Editor-in-Chief.