The University Star

Jobs

The University Star is the independent student-run news source for Texas State University and the San Marcos community. We are looking to fill positions for Summer 2018-Spring 2019. We would love for you to be part of our hard-working, passionate and award-winning team.

The University Star is accepting applications from students of all majors, experience levels, and backgrounds for a wide variety of non-paid volunteer and paid editorial board positions. Working for The University Star is an excellent way to get involved both on and off campus while gaining real-world experience and building your resume.

There are two levels of positions available, which include staff volunteers and Editorial Board members.

All applicants must submit the online Application Form.

Application forms can be found by clicking on the job title of the desired position featured below.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
A list of all job descriptions and expectations is included in The University Star handbook. You must read and acknowledge that you have read and understood The University Star handbook on each job application form. You can find The University Star handbook by clicking here.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for as many positions as they intend to pursue seriously.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Current Positions Available

 


Assistant News Editor

The Assistant News Editor will help with coordination of the section. This position will receive a small stipend.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Edit weekly stories.
  • Assist with breaking news.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style.
  • Write at least two stories each week.
  • Check University Star email account several times a day.
  • Respond to emails within 24 hours.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Assist with one outreach activity per semester.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meeting.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.
  • Ensure all content meets the highest standards of journalistic ethics.

News Reporter

News reporters are assigned a beat where they are responsible for coverage of all events and issues that arise on that beat. They will become the “expert” on that beat and pitch two stories per week to their editor. This is an unpaid position.

  • Attend weekly budget meeting held by the News Editor.
  • Submit story pitches by section editor’s desired date.
  • Accept assignments from the News Editor or Assistant News Editor.
  • Record all interviews.
  • Withhold bias from articles.
  • Write the required number of articles per week with at least three sources quoted in each.
  • Assist with breaking news.
  • Provide newsroom coverage per the established schedule.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Meet all deadlines set by the section editor.
  • Communicate effectively with photographers or illustrators.
  • Communicate regularly with section editor.
  • Responsible for submitting best copy through CAMAYAK by the deadline and responding to editor comments in a timely manner.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings

Assistant Life and Arts Editor

The Assistant Life and Arts Editor will help with coordination of the section. This position will receive a small stipend.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Edit weekly stories and live-event stories as needed.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style.
  • Write at least two stories each week.
  • Check University Star email account several times a day.
  • Reply to emails within 24 hours.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Assist with one outreach activity per semester.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.
  • Ensure all content meets the highest standards of journalistic ethics.

Features Reporters

Features reporters are assigned a beat where they are responsible for coverage of all events and potential features that arise on that beat. They will become the “expert” on that beat and pitch two stories per week to their editor. This is an unpaid position.

  • Attend weekly budget meeting held by the Life & Arts Editor.
  • Submit story pitches by section editor’s desired date.
  • Accept assignments from the Life & Arts Editor or Assistant Editor.
  • Record all interviews.
  • Go see subjects in their spaces and get out of the office.
  • Communicate effectively with photographers and/or illustrators to ensure visuals for every story.
  • Write the required number of articles per week with at least three sources quoted in each.
  • Provide newsroom coverage per the established schedule.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Meet all deadlines set by the section editor.
  • Communicate regularly with section editor.
  • Responsible for submitting best copy through CAMAYAK by the deadline and responding to editor comments in a timely manner.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Columnists

Columnists write thoughtfully argued and researched pieces for publication that include multiple sources of information on which opinions are based. These sources of information must be referenced and disclosed in each piece. This is an unpaid position.

  • Attend weekly budget meeting held by the Opinions Editor.
  • Submit three column pitches per week.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Meet all deadlines set by the section editor.
  • Communicate regularly with section editor.
  • Responsible for submitting best copy through CAMAYAK by the deadline and responding to editor comments in a timely manner.
  • Student must disclose organizations he or she is involved with.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Assistant Sports Editor

The Assistant Sports Editor assists the Sports Editor with various activities. This position will receive a small stipend.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style and sports.
  • Edit feature stories and recaps.
  • Attend games, live tweet and produce content for print and online.
  • Learn how to post recaps and create a budget.
  • Find story ideas about Texas State sports, club sports, intramural sports and different sports events throughout the year.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all staff meetings.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.

Sports Reporters

Sports reporters are assigned a sports beat where they are responsible for coverage of all games and issues that arise on that beat. They will become the “expert” on that beat and pitch two stories per week to their editor. This is an unpaid position.

  • Attend weekly budget meeting held by the Sports Editor.
  • Submit story pitches by section editor’s desired date.
  • Accept assignments from the Sports Editor or Assistant Sports Editor.
  • Record all interviews.
  • Withhold bias from articles.
  • Write the required number of articles per week with at least three sources quoted in each.
  • Assist with breaking news coverage of sports-related events.
  • Provide newsroom coverage per the established schedule.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style for sports.
  • Meet all deadlines set by the section editor.
  • Communicate effectively with photographers or illustrators.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Page Designers

Page Designers will work to layout the weekly newspaper under the direction of the Design Editor. This is an unpaid position.

  • Must be present every Sunday to design newspaper.
  • Design two to three pages each week.
  • Coordinate with others on the design team.
  • Be available on Monday’s production night if needed.
  • Attend weekly design meetings to discuss preliminary layout designs.
  • Be knowledgeable in InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Coordinate with section editors to discuss new layout ideas.
  • Coordinate with Design editor on upcoming projects.
  • Create charts, diagrams, and informational graphics as required.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.

Graphic Designers/ Illustrators

Graphic Designers/Illustrators will work with columnists and/or reporters to create an illustration or graphic to accompany text. This is an unpaid position.

  • Required to contact writers within 24 hours of being assigned to a project.
  • Responsible for editing and uploading to CAMAYAK in a timely manner.
  • Be knowledgeable in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Required to attend weekly design staff meetings.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.

Assistant Multimedia Editor

The Assistant Multimedia Editor assists the Multimedia Editor with various activities. This position will receive a small stipend.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Be knowledgeable in photojournalism and AP style.
  • Help select and prepare photos for publication.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Assist with coordination of multimedia coverage of events.
  • Assist with one outreach event per semester.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all staff meetings

Multimedia Journalists

Multimedia Journalists will provide visual storytelling elements to accompany text or to stand alone. This is an unpaid position.

  • Photographers and videographers will be scheduled to cover stories and live events.
  • Required to contact reporters within 24 hours of being assigned a story.
  • Should make every effort to go with reporters to events/interviews.
  • Responsible for putting media in the correct format and uploading to CAMAYAK in a timely manner.
  • Contribute weekly wild art to an on-line gallery/slideshow.
  • Responsible for creating two-sentence minimum cutlines for photos.
  • Cutlines should be written in present tense and AP Style.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Required to attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Social Media Specialists

Social Media Specialists will work to engage the multiple audiences through various platforms of The University Star. This is an unpaid position.

  • Do not follow or unfollow any accounts on any social media platform.
  • Experience working with Hootsuite and MailChimp.
  • Read stories completely to create appropriate captions.
  • Create weekly newsletters.
  • Live tweet if necessary.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Do not respond to direct messages.
  • Look for new ways to engage readers.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Advertising Sales Manager

Advertising Sales Manager will be responsible for tracking ads from all sales staff. The Advertising Sales Manager should plan to work 15 hours per week and will be paid stipend as well as a commission on all closed and paid advertising. This person is responsible for reviewing and keeping the advertising schedule up to date on Flytedesk.

  • Communicate overall sales goals to advertising staff.
  • Set goals for account executives and design incentives.
  • Manage and motivate a team of account executives to meet their monthly sales goals.
  • Recognize top sellers.
  • Ensure all staff are in the appropriate SLACK channels and maintain a list of personnel.
  • Maintain a calendar of upcoming special issues.
  • Coordinate special issues with the Editor in Chief.
  • Present your forecast at official weekly sales meetings.
  • Monitor account executive activity in Flytedesk.
  • Assist team in identifying customer needs and developing proposals.
  • Train team in the use of CrowdTangle.
  • Perform customer satisfaction check-in calls and surveys.
  • Resolve customer concerns or complaints.
  • Ensure Flytedesk schedule is up to date and ads are running as scheduled.
  • Ensure that Advertising Account Executives have uploaded all ad materials by Friday.
  • Confirm ad schedule with the Design Editor on Friday.
  • Communicate upcoming digital post needs to the Engagement Editor and Digital Product Developer each week.
  • Track and manage your own sales pipeline.
  • Communicate with your advertiser clients through phone, email, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Close your own deals.
  • Run weekly sales meeting in conjunction with Student Publications Coordinator.
  • Encouraged to attend all staff functions.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings

Advertising Account Executives

Account Executives will be hired and trained to sell multi-media packages including digital, mobile, social media, print, and signage. Account Executives should plan to work 10 hours per week and will be paid a commission on all closed and paid advertising.

  • Identify potential clients and keep track of leads.
  • Use CrowdTangle to track client needs.
  • Identify client needs and present proposals to meet those needs.
  • Develop client relationships to grow business in your unique sales territory.
  • Reply to all client communications within 24 hours.
  • Communicate with your clients through phone, email, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Notify customers of upcoming deadlines, special issues or sales.
  • Sell and contribute to special issues as needed.
  • Obtain insertion orders/qualified written confirmation of all advertising orders.
  • Enter all customer info and sales into FlyteDesk.
  • Ensure client creatives are submitted and approved by set deadlines.
  • Notify Student Publications Coordinator and Creative Services Director if creative assistance is needed by the client.
  • Track and ensure client’s campaign runs as planned. Notify supervisor immediately of any errors.
  • Take photos or ensure other proof of performance is gathered and provided to client.
  • Inform Student Publications Coordinator of any dissatisfied customers or customer complaints.
  • Set and achieve personal sales goals.
  • Join appropriate SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Reply to all advertising inquiries within 24 hours.
  • Attend weekly sales meeting and present your sales goals.
  • Attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Public Relations Director

PR Director will be responsible for spearheading a year-long calendar of outreach projects and events that positively reflect on The University Star. The PR Director will also be responsible for planning and executing events at the direction of the adviser and EIC. The PR Director will spend up to 15 hours per week working on PR projects and will receive a stipend.

  • Hold weekly team meetings to plan for current and future projects.
  • Identify and coordinate two community service projects each semester.
  • Create and coordinate one social activity for The University Star staff each month.
  • Coordinate Soapbox Soundoff each month on The Quad, including required paperwork.
  • Coordinate coverage of The University Star’s table at Bobcat Days twice a semester.
  • Coordinate coverage of Bobcat CARE at the beginning of the semester.
  • Coordinate coverage of Welcome Tents at the beginning of each semester.
  • Plan and coordinate end-of-semester holiday party and barbecue.
  • Create and maintain a calendar of all internal and external activities.
  • Maintain paperwork to stay in compliance as a student organization.
  • Coordinate with Managing Editor on recruitment activities for new staff.
  • Deliver plaques and stickers to San Marcos Stars winners in the spring.
  • Create campaigns to support projects and initiatives.
  • Coordinate with Creative Services Director for needs.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Ensure all staff are in the appropriate SLACK channels and maintain a list of personnel.
  • Required to attend Camp Star in August.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Public Relations Assistants

PR assistants will be responsible for coordinating and staffing a semester-long calendar of outreach events, both internally and externally. Students will spend up to 10 hours per week working on PR projects. This is an unpaid position.

  • Attend and represent The University Star at two community service projects each semester.
  • Staff the Soapbox Soundoff event once each month.
  • Staff newspaper distribution days on The Quad each week.
  • Staff Bob Cat Days, Bobcat CARE, Welcome Tents and other outreach activities each semester.
  • Maintain and distribute a calendar of events for each semester.
  • Create sign-up sheets and track attendance at events and activities.
  • Support the PR Director in creating campaigns around specific projects/events.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Join the PR SLACK channel and maintain effective communication.
  • Required to attend weekly section meetings.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings

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