It’s that time of year again. Out with the old and in with the new!

If you’re interested in applying for a position, click the link below. Enter your name and position in the subject along with a one-page platform outlining your vision for the position, your qualifying experience, and any other position specific information you deem necessary. To submit applications email eic@thesputnik.ca today! Upon submitting an application, you can expect an email from Dellesia Noah (Incoming EIC) to schedule interviews.

For more details on each editorial and senior staff positions, look below:

 

FILLED POSITIONS

 

  • Web Director 
  • Arts and Culture Editor 
  • Sports Editor
  • Opinion Editor 
  • Photo Editor 
  • Video Editor
  • Senior Copy Editor
  • Lead Photographer
  • Social Media Coordinator 

MANAGERIAL POSITIONS

Design Manager

The Design Manager is to contribute to the overall design of the newspaper by collaborating and planning with members of the editorial board. This management position requires creativity and innovation, strong leadership and the ability to work with a team. They should be respectful of deadlines. Candidates for this position must:

  • Convey an understanding of how The Sputnik operates and have experience in design;
  • Work with section editors to plan the design of their layout at the beginning of and throughout production;
  • Monitor the visual layout of all pages to ensure consistency and avoid redundancy;
  • Work closely and collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief to design cover;
  • Help develop production materials, such as InDesign library items and paragraph styles regarding Sputnik style;
  • Ensure that all photos and graphics are edited properly for the website/print at the end of the production cycle;
  • Act as a mentor for the Photo and Graphics Editors;
  • Lay out any section of The Sputnik in the event of a section editor’s absence;
  • Be accessible to all Sputnik staff and maintain open communication;
  • Attend editorial board meetings and meetings with the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Assist in planning and administering training for Spuntik staff and/or volunteers;
  • As this position does not necessarily give reason for the Design Manager to be in the office outside of production and meetings, it is encouraged that the director communicates with the staff when they will be in and out of the office;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the director is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

EDITORIAL BOARD POSITIONS

News Editor

The News Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of the field of local (Ward-5 Brantford) news and campus news, present strong time management skills, written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews and seeking out sources. The News Editor must be organized and diligent in ensuring their section is factually correct and abiding by CP standards. They must also assist in recruiting and training volunteers and hold regular office hours each week.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee assistant news editor and work with them to hone their skills;
  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Contribute a minimum of one editorial per year;
  • Develop visual content and story ideas for the section and submit them to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline;
  • Be consistently up-to-date with the issues, concerns and events occurring within the respective field of coverage;
  • Be well versed in the issues, concerns and events of the respective section;
  • Hold weekly section meetings with volunteers and assign content ensuring everything is covered;
  • Receive stories from volunteers, edit them for structure, content and CP style;
  • Submit all stories to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline, unless otherwise negotiated;
  • Be prepared to cover last-minute stories during Monday production;
  • Place visual requests for all stories in a proper timely fashion;
  • Collaborate with the EIC (and in some cases Design Manager) to lay out section;
  • Contribute no less than one video ideas per term; plan and execute them with the help of the Video Editor;
  • Dedicate equal time to planning and executing web-exclusive content and visuals;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

Features Editor

The Features Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of their field, present strong time management skills, written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews and seeking out unique sources and compelling story ideas.

The Features Editor must be organized and diligent in ensuring their section is factually correct and abiding by CP standards. They must also assist in recruiting and training volunteers and hold regular office hours each week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Contribute a minimum of one editorial per year;
  • Develop visual content and story ideas for the section and submit them to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline;
  • Be consistently up-to-date with the issues, concerns and events occurring within the respective field of coverage;
  • Be well versed in the issues, concerns and events of the respective section;
  • Hold weekly section meetings with volunteers and assign content ensuring everything is covered;
  • Receive stories from volunteers, edit them for structure, content and CP style;
  • Submit all stories to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline, unless otherwise

Negotiated;

  • Contribute a story bi-weekly that is approximately 800-1,200 words long;
  • Ensure that all stories are factually correct and interviewees are not misquoted;
  • Be prepared to cover last-minute stories during Monday production;
  • Place visual requests for all stories in a proper timely fashion;
  • Collaborate with the EIC (and in some cases Design Manager) to lay out section;
  • Contribute no less than one video ideas per term; plan and execute them with the help of the Video Editor;
  • Dedicate equal time to planning and executing web-exclusive content and visuals;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

Graphics Editor

The Graphics Editor is required to show creativity and talent in producing graphics and info-graphics to compliment coverage in The Sputnik. They must have leadership skills to recruit and manage a team of volunteers, as well as show a strong sense of time management.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Receive graphics requests from section editors; collaborate with the editors and EIC to come up with an idea for conveying an appropriate image;
  • Hold weekly section meetings with volunteers and distribute requests;
  • Ensure all graphics are edited for online and print;
  • Collaborate with EIC and section editors to produce online-exclusive graphics and infographics;
  • Attend editorial board meetings;
  • When using social media in regards to The Cord or WLUSP, the editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

SENIOR STAFF POSITIONS

Assistant News Editor

The Assistant News Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of the field of local (Ward-5 Brantford) news and campus news, present strong abilities to work with a team, have good written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews and working with the news writing team. The Assistant News Editor is expected to create more content than volunteer section writers in order to best aid the News Editor.

Responsibilities:

  • Cover last-minute stories for section editor;
  • Assist in coverage during special events such as elections;
  • Contribute at least two stories each issue;
  • Utilize social media, such as Twitter, in their coverage;
  • Attend meetings;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the assistant news editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

Distribution Manager(s):

Distribution Manager is responsible for distributing all print materials that WLUSP produces- from the WLU’er and Blueprint to The Sputnik. It is their responsibility to keep our racks clean, to maintain a good reputation with the community spaces we distribute to and to get all posters stamped and hung up on campus. They must operate in a timely fashion and keep record of all returned materials in order to best assess pick-up rates.

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