We need editors. Can you help?

The Collegiate Commons is growing thanks to readers like you, and as such, we have had several editorial positions open up. Of course, we are always looking for new contributors as well. The following will provide a brief description of the open positions and what qualities we are looking for in anyone interested in filling them (note: these are volunteer positions, as we are a nonprofit organization run by students. That being said, if the publication grows enough and secures donors, eventually positions could come with a scholarship or grant).

If interested, apply here.

Editor-in-chief – Our current editor-in-chief is moving on to graduate school after this semester. He would like to stay involved with the publication but in a less forward-facing role as president of Collegiate Commons, Inc. (publisher of The Collegiate Commons and The American Commons). That would mean his position will open up as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Of course we will train you to get you up to speed.

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated. It is pretty much a part time job running this publication.
  • Passion for our mission statement. This is probably the most important qualification. You could be completely illiterate and if you’re passionate enough about the missions statement and independent journalism in general, you would still be in the running for the job.
  • Charismatic. Motivating students to not only write articles but be passionate about the mission of an organization is difficult business.
  • Good time-management. You would have to commit to leading a pitch meeting every week (likely over Zoom) to talk about the issues facing campus and the local community, as well as any potential column ideas. Ability to delegate is an important part of this as well.

What we’ll train you in (if you already have these skills then even better):

  • AP style. This is the basic template for our articles, albeit we do stray from it in some instances (e.g. we use the Oxford comma if it makes a sentence clearer, and if AP style is blatantly biased or scientifically inaccurate we use more precise terminology).
  • Editing. This is of course a necessary skill to have as an editor-in-chief, as you give the final approval for all articles written.
  • Writing. As editor-in-chief, you would be expected to take the lead on any editorial opinions responding to events on campus (without contradicting our mission statement) or time-essential pitches that no one picks up.
  • Ability to use WordPress. This is what our site is hosted on, and you would likely need to take the lead or delegate posting content on the website and other operational tasks.

Political Editor – This position would primarily be to protect the integrity of the 501(c)(3) status of Collegiate Commons, Inc. in its role as publisher of The Collegiate Commons. The goal of this position is to have a neutral voice take the lead in the content editorial process for news articles relating to political topics, as well as pitching ideas that make sure to stay true to the mission of the publication while also promoting diverse coverage.

Qualifications:

  • Avoids conflicts of interest. Since the goal of this position is neutrality, avoid taking public leadership positions in partisan organizations. This is an important point because otherwise it would not make sense to make this a separate position from either the opinion editor or the editor-in-chief.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Willing to be a leader.
  • Knowledgable or willing to learn about the local community and campus.

Opinion or Faith Editor – This position would take the lead in editing opinion columns and pitching ideas that address issues in the local community or on campus. If there is a specific interest, we could utilize an editor solely focused on cultivating religion articles, especially those that talk about Christian intellectual or social teaching and its application to student life.

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated.
  • Willing to be a leader.
  • Creativity.

Video/Podcast Editor – This position would take the lead in editing any video or podcast media, as well as assisting in filming and the content creation process.

Qualifications:

  • Knows how to use a camera.
  • Knows how to use Adobe Premiere.
  • Knows how to use podcast equipment.

Campus Editor – We are looking for one campus editor per university campus to take the lead on recruiting and pitching news ideas for their respective campuses.

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated. The goal of this position is to be the equivalent of an editor-in-chief but focused on a specific campus, so it would require more independence.
  • Passion for our mission statement. This is probably the most important qualification.
  • Charismatic. Motivating students to not only write articles but be passionate about the mission of an organization is difficult business.
  • Good time-management. You would have to commit to leading a pitch meeting every week (likely over Zoom) to talk about the issues facing campus and the local community, as well as any potential column ideas. Ability to delegate is an important part of this as well.

Operations Assistant – The goal of this position would be to assist Collegiate Commons Inc. with putting together a list of potential academic speakers and setting up events on campus.

Copy-editor – The only requirement for this position is knowing AP style and being willing to edit articles.

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