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Employment

 

Be a part of a century-old tradition

and a new media experience!

 

Join the staff of

The Lumberjack 

in Spring 2019

 

Executive positions application deadline: November 2, 2018

All applications deadline: November 9, 2018

Applications should be submitted to the School of Communication main office (Room 301)

 

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Overview

Come help invent the future of student media at NAU! The Lumberjack/Jackcentral.org, Northern Arizona University’s century-old student newspaper, is looking for staff members for the Spring 2019 semester. Students will be hired for jobs involving editing, writing, reporting, photography, design, circulation and tasks related to the effective operation of the jackcentral.org website.

A job at The Lumberjack will provide you with course credit, real-world experience, great material for your portfolio and possible tuition waiver assistance while enabling you to work in a fast-paced, cutting-edge news environment. As a Lumberjack staff member, you’ll find and report on stories in words and images, and will play an important role in accurately and creatively disseminating important news, stories and opinions to audiences on campus and beyond. As a member of the student management team, you’ll also serve a vital role as a mentor to less experienced journalists. 

Though previous experience at the Lumberjack is often the single best qualification for the following jobs, some positions may be open to students without previous experience at the paper.

 

Qualifications and Expectations

Lumberjack staff members are required to work on a daily basis in finding and delivering news and stories through jackcentral.org and the weekly print newspaper. That means working sometimes irregular hours as dictated by events. All positions require a healthy dose of self-motivation, as well as good skills as needed in editing, writing, photography or design.

All staff members will sign an individualized contract delineating responsibilities as well as general schedule expectations for the semester. All positions require regular weekly work in assigning, editing, rewriting, reporting, photography, web uploading, and/or design; some of this work will likely need to be done on weekends, or during the evening. In addition, most positions require regular daily work during the workweek connected to the preparation of new material for JackCentral.org. Editors must be prepared to work in the Media Innovation Center as needed to accommodate production schedules, and must also conduct regular office hours in order to provide feedback to and mentor staff in their section.

At a minimum, editorial staff will attend the general Editorial Board meeting each week, as well as weekly section meetings. All editors can expect to be, or become, familiar with The Lumberjack's technology for uploading stories and photos to the website. All editors should anticipate working at times on a daily production schedule preparing content for JackCentral.org.

Senior staff will also be expected to register as drivers who can check out an NAU vehicle so they can report stories both on and off campus.

Lumberjack staff (except circulation assistant) must register for JLS course credits (typically JLS 251, 333, or 399. 497 is offered in special circumstances) in order to work on the publication and to be published in the paper and online. 

In order to qualify for a tuition waiver, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5. WUE students are eligible for Media Innovation Center tuition assistance. Waiver amounts are maximums; the amount actually applied to your account may be less if you are receiving other tuition reductions, such as scholarships or grants.

 

Mechanics

To apply for any of the following jobs, deliver a cover letter detailing your interests and experience; a resume; and writing, editing, photo or design samples (as appropriate) to the front desk (third floor) at the School of Communication. Be sure to indicate what job or section you are interested in. Application packets must be dropped off no later than 5 p.m. on November 2 and November 9, respectively.

If you have any questions about working for The Lumberjack, don’t hesitate to contact the faculty adviser Annette McGivney (Annette.McGivney@nau.edu).

 

Positions Available

If you would like to work in the Media Innovation Center but don’t see a job description that exactly matches your interests and/or experience, apply anyway, with an indication of your interests; if you’re talented and dedicated, we may be able to craft a position that’s a better fit.]

 

Editor-in-Chief

 

This person is responsible for running and managing The Lumberjack newspaper and JackCentral.org. He or she will oversee the production, publication and distribution of the product and, along with the managing editor, director of digital content, department editors and associates, select content that resonates with our readership. In addition, this person must guide close coordination of reporting projects with professional staff and student journalists at NAZToday and KJACK Radio.

In addition, the editor-in-chief of The Lumberjack must be a visionary in understanding the importance of convergent news and how The Lumberjack is a coordination of projects created by NAZ Today, JackCentral.org and KJACK News. This position reports directly to the MIC faculty advisers.

 

Minimum qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of reporting, news writing, editing and design skills are essential.

  • A demonstrated history of solid news judgment and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Previous management experience, preferably with The Lumberjack, is required.

  • Punctuality, attention to detail, the ability to train new reporters, and teamwork with other Media Innovation Center directors and reporters.

  • Commitment to upholding The Lumberjack’s century-long tradition of excellence.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work at least 24 hours per week in the Media Innovation Center with a set daily schedule.

  • Make sure The Lumberjack meets publication deadlines and that its content is unbiased, professional in quality and resonates with our readership base. Coordinate with copy editors and department editors to make sure content is being produced in a timely fashion.

  • Directly supervise the positions of managing editor and circulation manager, in addition to providing joint supervision for the positions of Lumberjack sales manager and creative director.

  • Conduct a weekly editorial board meeting with department editors and other essential personnel to discuss future issues, long- and short-term projects and ways to promote the overall health of the newspaper.

  • Help train department editors and attend departmental meetings as necessary.

Waiver amount: up to $2,500

 

Managing Editor

This person is responsible for all written content associated with The Lumberjack newspaper and JackCentral.org. He or she will oversee the editorial staff, facilitating dialogue between departments to assure an appropriate and smooth flow of editorial content into both the web and print publications. The managing editor is largely responsible for ensuring a smooth workflow from story idea to publication. The managing editor also will provide leadership in the form of training and mentorship of other editors and writers. S/he ensures that the paper and online site stay on track with trends and technology in the industry. This person will need to keep daily hours in the MIC (or virtually) at least 5 days a week to ensure that new content is appropriately completed and uploaded, must participate in weekly Editorial Board meetings, and will work very closely with other Media Innovation Center staff. 

This position requires strong news judgment, understanding of storytelling/narrative qualities, and an ability to oversee the work of many writers and editors in a fast-paced environment. This editor will particularly focus on editorial quality, so strengths in editing at all stages of story production are vital. Previous management/supervisory experience is required. This position reports directly to the editor-in-chief and also to The Lumberjack advisers, and works closely with the Director of Digital Content to ensure quality work is on the website in a timely manner.

Waiver amount: up to $2,500

 

Director of Digital Content

This person is responsible for overseeing and managing all digital elements of the Lumberjack and  staff in the Media Innovation Center. The Director of Digital Content should be a visionary for artistic design across platforms, guiding the unified aesthetics of The Lumberjack newspaper, JackCentral.org and advertising content produced by the visual/digital staff. The Director of Digital Content is ultimately responsible for all design, illustration, and aesthetic decisions involved in the online presence of our website. This person oversees directors responsible for photography, illustration, multimedia, social media, and print design. This position reports directly to the editor-in-chief, but also to The Lumberjack advisers, and works closely with the Media Innovation Center sales manager and staff.

The Director of Digital Content must be well versed in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Adobe After Effects, Blox CMS, Camayak, Slack, and other design software for print and online use. He or she must be able to complete complex projects on tight deadlines, and must be able to thrive in a team setting requiring extensive collaboration with editors, photographers, and designers. Close and short-deadline collaboration with sales staff is also required, as is a daily commitment to assigning and preparing content, as well as weekly participation in Editorial Board meetings. This is a leadership position requiring great ability to train, mentor and motivate less experienced designers. 

The Director of Digital Content is responsible for managing JackCentral.org as well. The web editor will work closely with editors, reporters and photographers to ensure the optimized scheduling and presentation of written, photo and multimedia content. The director needs to be very comfortable with the Blox CMS, as well as with using social media and related software. This person will need to keep daily hours in the MIC (or virtually) at least 5 days a week to ensure that the website and related social media are updated, must participate in weekly Editorial Board meetings, and will work very closely with other MIC staff. The director also tracks user analytics, reports about them to the Editorial Board, and formulates strategies for increasing viewership and engagement with the Social Media director.

The director must have demonstrated a history of solid news judgment, technical skill and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. This person must be able to work well with other staff in the MIC.

 Waiver amount: up to $2,500

 

Copy Chief

This staffer is responsible for managing the copy editors who copy-edit and proof all written stories. He or she will read all stories prior to publication in print or online (or will delegate this work to another trained copy editor), with an eye toward adherence to AP Style and rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling; and to overall clarity and grace of language. The copy editor also must have excellent follow-through by bringing suggestions for improvement back to the Editorial Board and to the reporting staff at large, and by updating The Lumberjack style guide as needed. This position reports directly to The Lumberjack managing editor. The copy chief must be prepared to work on a daily basis as stories are prepared for uploading on JackCentral.org.

This staff member will not only edit stories, but will oversee the work and workflow of a small team of copy editors. Excellent language skills, great attention to detail and an ability to organize the work of several other staff members are critical. Previous management experience is preferred, but not required.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Director of Photography

The director of photography is responsible for the photographic images in The Lumberjack and JackCentral.org. This individual will be integrally involved in the process of planning the visual content of story packages for print and web, whether singles or picture stories. This person will manage photographers, oversee assignments and serve as a mentor to less experienced photojournalists by providing guidance, feedback and hands-on editing advice. S/he will work closely with the visuals director and web publication director to assure that JackCentral’s photography content is timely, appropriate and compelling. S/he will also work closely with the Director of Digital Content and the print publication director to determine the photographs used in the print paper each week.

The director of photography must be an experienced photojournalist with impeccable editing skills, leadership abilities and organizational skills, who is interested in gaining management experience.

S/he must readily understand the importance of convergent media and how to best tell the story across multiple platform, must be organized, and must be able to quickly disseminate information as needed to photo staff and editors. S/he must have expertise using LightRoom, Photoshop and Blox CMS, Camayak, and Slack.

Either the director or assistant will also manage The Lumberjack Instagram and promote photos on a daily basis. 

This position reports directly to the Director of Digital Content. 

An assistant director of photography may be hired to work closely with the director of photography, with a division of labor to be determined by mutual agreement.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200; up to $1,600 for assistant

 

Director of Illustration

The Director of Illustration is responsible for all non-photo illustrative material used in print and online, including comic strips, op-ed cartoons, illustrations, banners, headers and infographics. S/he will recruit and oversee a staff of cartoonists/illustrators, develop creative illustration ideas in concert with editors and writers and be responsible for the layout of the weekly comics page. The Illustration Editor will serve both as a liaison between editorial staff and artists and as a mentor to contributing artists.

This editor must have a good ability to conceptualize ideas in a visual form, good organizational ability, and excellent communication skills. He or she reports to the Director of Digital Content.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Director of Social Media

The Social Media Editor is responsible for promoting and publicizing content on JackCentral.org through the timely use of social media. Working very closely with the web chief, visuals director and other members of the editorial staff, s/he will work on a daily basis to ensure a steady flow of content across social media platforms to drive readership to JackCentral.org.

This editor must have the ability to work quickly in a fast-paced environment, excellent editorial judgment manifested in quick decisions about headlines, search terms, and photo/illustration use, and good skills in collaboration and communication. He/she must be familiar with a range of social media platforms, and must be willing to work dedicated hours in the MIC on a daily basis. This Director should be able to mentor others in effective use of social media.

This position reports to the Director of Digital Content.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Director of Multimedia 

The Director of Multimedia is responsible for overseeing the multimedia content produced for JackCentral.org. This individual will assemble and supervise teams of writers, photographers and/or video storytellers who will shoot and edit multimedia stories of all lengths including short clips and longer-form stories. S/he will work closely with the visuals director to generate feature story topics and will work with editorial teams to generate content that can augment existing story pitches. S/he will assign stories to multimedia teams and will develop a master schedule for multimedia content to ensure fresh material is added to the JackCentral.org website on a regular basis. The multimedia editor may participate in production on some stories as a mentor to team members. S/he will serve as a liaison with students and/or faculty supervising students who propose projects for JackCentral.org to ensure that the projects meet standards for publication.

The Director of Multimedia must have experience with photography and video as well as audio and editing software such as FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premiere. The successful candidate should have an existing multimedia portfolio that demonstrates not only technical skills but strong storytelling ability. S/he should have demonstrated leadership ability and a keen interest in helping others acquire the skills and confidence needed for effective multimedia storytelling.

S/he will coordinate with the director of photography so that interested photographers can rotate onto the multimedia teams if desired. S/he will also coordinate with the Director of Social Media to make sure that multimedia content is promoted in an effective and timely manner.

This position reports directly to the Director of Digital Content.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Print Chief 

The print publication director is responsible for all aspects of design of the weekly print The Lumberjack. This person works with the advertising sales staff and printer to determine length of each issue, the placement of ads, and allocation of color and black and white printing. He/she is then responsible for the design of pages—a process that entails close collaboration with the Director of Digital Content, section editors, photo and illustration editors. Sh/e will also work with a small of ad designers to generate compelling and visually interesting client ads and house ads.

This person must have an excellent ability to work quickly and well in Adobe InDesign and to produce quality design/layout work on close deadlines. S/he must be a good team player who is responsive to the needs of others and can quickly make decisions based on design and editorial considerations. Attendance at editorial board meetings and great reliability in adhering to the weekly production schedule are critical job skills in this position.

This position reports to the Director of Digital Content.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Section Editors/Assistant Section Editors

The Lumberjack is looking for editors and some assistant section editors for these sections: News, Sports, Culture, Features and Opinion. Section editors are responsible for the smooth and seamless functioning of editorial operations in those areas. They generate story topics, assign stories to reporters, edit stories, and are responsible for story selection. The section editors are also responsible for initiating requests for related photography, art, and/or infographics in collaboration with the appropriate editors. Section editors act as the primary point of contact between editorial staff and reporters, and must play a mentoring role for student writer/reporters. Section editors also can expect to spend a good deal of time working on the JackCentral.org site to ensure timely and appropriate uploading of web-optimized content. They work with designers on layout of the print version of the paper.

Section editors need to have solid news judgment, excellent skills in editing stories at both the macro and micro levels, the ability to handle multiple projects under deadline pressure, and skills in training, mentoring, and critiquing section staff members. In addition, editors should take a creative approach to storytelling that allows for experimentation in word, image, and layout. Previous management experience is preferred, but not required. All editors must maintain a set schedule of section meetings and regular office hours during which they provide feedback and input to section staff, and must participate in weekly Editorial Board meetings.

The staff members in these positions report directly to the managing editor.

 

Waiver amount: up to $1,600 to $2,200 depending upon position.

 

Senior Reporter(s)

 Staff member(s) filling these positions will regularly cover breaking news and longer-term news stories for publication in The Lumberjack, as well as for publication on JackCentral.org. These reporters will commit to spending a regular set of hours working in the MIC  so that they can cover stories—often in collaboration with NAZToday staff. The senior reporter(s) will need to register as authorized NAU drivers.

Senior reporters must have demonstrated a history of solid news judgment and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. A firm grasp of reporting, news writing and editing skills is essential, as is punctuality, attention to detail, and teamwork with other MIC editors and reporters.

 

Waiver amount: up to $1,000

 

Senior Ad Designer

The Lumberjack is hiring one or more designers to design ads for our paid advertising clients. These students will work closely with Sales Director Marsha Simon as well as the Print Chief. They must have an ability to work quickly and well in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and to produce quality design/layout work on close deadlines. They must be good team players who are responsive to the needs of others. Great reliability in adhering to the weekly production schedule is a critical job skill in this position. Availability on Wednesday mornings and part of the day on Tuesdays is essential. A flexible schedule is recommended.

This position reports to the Print Chief.

 

Waiver amount: up to $1,000

 

Senior Photographer(s)

The Lumberjack/Jackcentral will hire one or two senior photographers who will commit to covering breaking news and other short-turnaround stories for both print and web publication. The senior photographer(s) will need to be readily available to shoot images both on and off campus at short notice. Some out-of-town travel may be required, as will ready collaboration with reporters, editors, and NAZToday staff. They will need to register as authorized NAU drivers.

A senior photographer should be an experienced photographer with a great work ethic and a thorough dedication to craft. The ability to find and develop story topics is essential, as is an ability to complement image-making with reporting skills. A senior photographer must also be able to collaborate effectively with reporters, editors, and other staff members in the pursuit of effective storytelling across varied media.

This position reports to the Director of Photography.

 

Waiver amount: up to $1,000

 

Circulation Manager

This person is responsible for managing the publishing, delivery and collection of The Lumberjack newspaper in print. Additionally, this person should be a visionary for promotion and distribution, taking the initiative to assure the product is easily accessible for its readership base both on and off campus. The circulation director participates in the weekly (Thursday) distribution of the paper and keeps track of readership in various locations.

This position reports directly to The Lumberjack editor-in-chief, but must also work closely with the MIC sales director and social media staff. The circulation director is required to attend weekly Editorial Board meetings and to regularly consult with other editors, MIC staff, and faculty about improving circulation practices.

The circulation manager must have a demonstrated ability to stay on task and a keen eye for detail. He or she must have good people skills, a valid driver’s license, attention to detail, the ability to manage or more circulation assistants, and the ability to lift newspaper bundles. Previous management experience is preferred, but not required. The circulation director must have time available on Thursday mornings (typically 7 AM to 2 PM) for newspaper delivery.

 

Waiver amount: up to $2,200

 

Circulation Assistant

This person is responsible for helping to deliver The Lumberjack newspaper every Thursday during the fall semester. He or she reports directly to The Lumberjack circulation manager.

The circulation assistant must have a demonstrated ability to stay on task and a keen eye for detail. A valid driver’s license is required, as are punctuality, attention to detail, teamwork with other MIC employees, and the ability to lift and handle bundled newspapers.

The circulation assistant will work from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, delivering issues of The Lumberjack on and off campus. This employee will drive a university vehicle, comply with all university regulations dealing with driving, and help circulation manager in assessing strategic locations for newspaper racks and the amount of copies to be placed in each rack based on interest and need.

 

This position is compensated at about $55 for every Thursday worked.

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