Opinion Editor

Opinion Editor

Arbiter Media is looking for creative, curious, agile and innovative students to serve as Section Editors in its newsroom. Arbiter Media is a student-run, award-winning multi-platform media outlet, publishing content in print, online, radio and television; and has an established reputation for its multimedia storytelling and innovative environment.

Editors at Arbiter Media collaborate with an assistant editor in managing a team of 5 to 7 journalists charged with covering their specified beats as well as producing interactive multi-platform media packages and stand alone content for arbiteronline.com and our newspaper, The Arbiter. Editors ensure journalists have working knowledge of different styles of writing for a newspaper and multimedia platforms, AP style and interviewing skills. The position involves editing, headline writing, coaching journalists, and page layout. Speed, accuracy and solid news judgment are crucial in meeting multiple deadlines. Editors assess ability of their journalists and help set goals to acquire skills, train, mentor and provide encouragement, coaching and feedback on progress. Strictly enforce daily deadlines to ensure The Arbiter is posting new content online each day and meets print production schedule.

The position is responsible for collaborating with each section’s respective team on creating media on a variety of platforms, including online and in print. Duties also include covering news events, meetings, writing features, analysis and producing multimedia segments. We will train you and give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to succeed. We are looking for students who can and will work a variety of subjects and understand the value of community journalism. Audio, video, skills and comfort with WordPress and social media such as Twitter and Facebook are a plus. A love for writing or eagerness to learn is a must. We expect you to come to us with a strong sense of journalistic values (including a serious grasp of ethics, news sense, commitment to our community, decision-making, working on deadline, etc.). You will work with the rest of our team (journalists, producers, photographers, designers, etc.) from across the newsroom on long-term and rapid deadline stories. You will teach journalists to conceptualize, design and produce story packages that are told through print and online articles, various platforms of multimedia such as video and podcasts, microsites, interactive graphics, blogs and other platforms of media as they emerge.

Most importantly, we are looking for students who are quick learners with lots of ideas and energy. Infectious enthusiasm is a bonus. Workaholic, overachieving, ambitious go-getters are highly encouraged to apply. Curious, inquisitive, story tellers with no fear of learning new technology, vastly expanding their knowledge of multi-platform media and pioneering the future of journalism would be absolutely batty not to apply.
REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proven aptitude for quick creative thinking with acute attention to detail within demanding deadlines
  • An eagerness to learn – and teach
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to lead, manage and collaborate with a team comprised of students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to articulate creative ideas
  • An ability to manage multiple projects and meet both short-term and long-term deadlines
  • An understanding of different media platforms including, but not limited to: print and online media, podcasts, photo slideshows and other forms of multi-media
  • A healthy respect for Boise State University and its community
  • Curiosity – particularly around media and a desire to understand the stories it can tell as well as the constraints it imposes
  • Knowledge of social media and media aggregation sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • A love for writing and storytelling
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

HOURS:
13 office hours and 5 flex-hours will be dedicated to The Arbiter (18 total hours). Must be available to work Wednesdays and Sundays.

COMPENSATION:
This is a PAID position earning $120 per week with an opportunity to earn academic credits for work, via an internship or COMM Activies class, up to 3 credits.

HOW TO APPLY:
Email a letter to Editor-in-Chief Rebecca De Leon expressing your interest in the internship to editor@arbiteronline.com. Students can also send a resumé but it’s not required.

The email must explicitly list the following:

-What position you are interested in

-Why you are interested in that position

-Why you feel you are qualified for the position

-Whether or not you have work study (Whether you do or not won’t be a major factor in deciding to hire you or not.)