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. The submission deadline for applications is April 2 at 11:59PM. To submit applications email manager@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:

MANAGEMENT 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

 

Web Director

The Web Director requires good time management skills, strong leadership and the ability to work with a team. This management position requires the individual to be self-motivated and respectful of deadlines. Candidates for this position must convey an understanding of how The Sputnik operates and have experience in web design, multimedia facets or have the interest in becoming highly proficient in the area in a short period of time. Finally, the Web Director is expected to have a grasp of the variety of writing styles featured in the newspaper in order to identify the needs of the different sections.

  • Ensure that all print content is uploaded to the website by themselves while ensuring the content reflects what is in print unless otherwise noted;
  • Ensure the proper layout of web content;
  • Continuously work to improve the design of The Sputnik website in order for it to be user friendly;
  • Monitor and mentor the Video Editor, Social Media Coordinator and their volunteers;
  • Monitor the visual layout of the website and suggest changes when necessary;
  • Collaborate with section editors to develop web-exclusive content that either complements or is unique to the coverage in the print edition;
  • Understand the basics of reporting so they can act as the “reporter” for videos when a writer or editor is unable to do so;
  • Have a knowledge or willingness to construct interactive multimedia tools and online graphics such as Storify, ScribbleLive and other interactive websites/tools
  • Knowledge of CSS, HTML, JavaScript are an asset;
  • Work with section editors and photographers to get breaking news covered immediately for the website;
  • Receive web-requests from section editors and ensure they are covered;
  • Distribute assignments to Video Editor, including filming coverage, editing web content such as audio and video clips and design improvements;
  • Be accessible to all Sputnik staff and maintain open communication;
  • Show proficiency in social media, including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress;
  • Develop a social media strategy with the Social Media Coordinator;
  • Use Google Analytics to monitor the traffic on thesputnik.ca website and report findings to the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Attend editorial board meetings and meetings with the Editor-in-Chief;
  • have regular meetings with the Web Team (Video Editor and Social Media Coordinator)
  • Assist in planning and administering training for Sputnik staff and/or volunteers;
  • As this position does not necessarily give reason for the director to be in the office outside of production, meetings, and special events, it is encouraged that the Web Director maintains contact with the rest of staff
  • Utilize social media to share and communicate with readers and contacts about The Sputnik’s coverage throughout the week;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the editor 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

Arts and Culture Editor

The Arts and Culture Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of their field, present strong time management skills, written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews.

The A&C 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;
  • 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

Sports Editor

The Sports Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of their field of Laurier Brantford and Brantford sports, present strong time management skills, written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews and attending sport events.

The Sports 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;
  • Attend any necessary sports events;
  • 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

Opinion Editor

The Opinion Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of relevant news, present strong time management skills, written skills and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews and attending sport events.

The Opinion 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;
  • Ensure stories are factually accurate and relevant;
  • 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

Photo Editor

The Photo Editor is expected to have thorough knowledge of photography, photo equipment, and photo editing software (Photoshop in particular). The Photo Editor must present strong time management skills, photography skills and exhibit comfort in taking pictures in diverse settings and attending events.

The Photo Editor must be organized and diligent in ensuring sections are filled and photo requests are fulfilled. They must also assist in recruiting and training volunteers and hold regular office hours each week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Oversee a Lead Photographer and ensure they are contributing weekly;
  • Attend editorial board meetings;
  • Receive photo requests from The Sputnik section editors;
  • Hold weekly photography meetings with volunteers to distribute requests;
  • Take any requests that volunteers or Lead Photographer can’t;
  • Assist in Sputnik production specifically with editing photos for print and web;
  • Ensure online photo albums are consistently updated on social media and contribute material to Design Manager for Instagram;
  • Ensure consistent communication with the section editors and EIC about photos;
  • Contribute a photo of the week when a photo is exemplary;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the Photo Editors are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

Video Editor

The Video Editor must have knowledge of using camera equipment and editing software. It is the responsibility of the Video Editor to maintain the production of the bi-weekly video update. The Video Editor must exhibit creativity in their filming and recognize the difference between more arts-based stories compared to news-based. They must also train and manage a set group of volunteers, so team management skills and communication are vital to this role.

Responsibilities:

  • Receive video requests from the EIC or section editors;
  • Expected to cover on average two videos per issue with the support of volunteers;
  • Collaborate with the EIC and section editors to cover stories and use the editor or writer as a resource and “reporter”;
  • Collaborate with editors to ensure videos exhibit the appropriate tone and information for the story;
  • Edit videos for their volunteers and section editors who shoot their own footage;
  • Train video volunteers to help in the editing process and filming of events to get multiple angles;
  • Create video graphics using flash building software;
  • Collaborate with EIC to build a video idea bank;
  • Attend every editorial board meeting and be involved in the editorial process;
  • Contribute at least one editorial;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the Video 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 infographics 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

Senior Copy Editor

The Copy Editing Manager must be knowledgeable in grammar and spelling as well as Sputnik Style and CP Style. They must have strong leadership skills to manage a team of volunteers.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in recruiting, hiring and training volunteers;
  • Schedule copy editors to attend production nights;
  • Ensure copy edits are completed in a timely manner;
  • Approve copy edits that are subsequently submitted to the respective section editor;
  • Attend All-Sputnik meetings;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the manager is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

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

Lead Photographer

The Lead Photographer will not have as much of a workload as the Photo Editors, however they will still be relied upon for multiple photos every week. Whoever fills the position will need to be available to cover stories on both a planned and last minute basis. They will need to demonstrate strong communication skills. This person must also, have an existing knowledge of photography and editing, and have knowledge of multiple areas of photography (i.e. sports, speakers, staged photos, concerts, etc.).

Responsibilities:

Receive photo assignments from Photo Editors;

  • Have an existing knowledge of photography and editing;
  • Have knowledge of multiple areas of photography (i.e. sports, speakers, staged photos, concerts, etc.)
  • Contribute at least three photo requests each issue;
  • Edit own photos for online and print; assist Photo Editor in editing any other photos;
  • Be available to cover stories during production;
  • Attend Editorial Board meetings;

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.

Social Media Coordinator

This position will be responsible for maintaining our social media accounts, so experience live tweeting, maintaining a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are an asset.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain social media accounts and ensure traffic to WLUSP Brantford publications’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts;
  • Attend monthly management meeting;
  • Design posters and promotional material for social media;
  • Design and frequently update publications’ cover photos on Facebook;
  • Create Facebook photo albums for all WLUSP related events;
  • Live Tweet important events occurring on campus, particularly campus elections;
  • When using social media in regards to The Sputnik or WLUSP, the editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

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