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Editor-in-Chief Job Description

2018–2019 term / application due May 31, 2018

Martlet Publishing Society (MPS)


In co-operation with the Martlet staff and in accordance with the bylaws and policies of the MPS, the editor-in-chief will be responsible for the overall direction, continuity, and quality of the Martlet’s editorial content.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for the editorial decisions of the paper.
  • With business manager and design director, ensure all necessary requirements for bi-weekly print publication of the paper have been met.
  • Understand and work within the guidelines of the Martlet Publishing Society.
  • Understand libel, fact checking, FOI requests, and how to manage risk.
  • Edit all print stories, ensuring that print and web copy is edited by at least two different people (not including copy edits).
  • Assist writers with stories as necessary.
  • Assist editors with fact checking as necessary.
  • Write section stories and contribute to editorials as necessary.
  • Act as an information resource person for staff members, society groups, and the general public.
  • Conduct or arrange workshops throughout term to help with skills as necessary.
  • In conjunction with business manager and design director, assist in the recruitment, hiring, and training of part-time employees and volunteers.
  • In conjunction with the design director, take responsibility for the Martlet multimedia programs, and work with staff and volunteers to ensure their success.
  • In absence of web or associate editor, ensure all multimedia stories are accurately copy-edited and fact-checked.
  • In collaboration with web editor or social media manager, maintain and increase the Martlet’s online presence on social media.
  • Ensure that section editors and other editorial employees carry out their responsibilities as described in their job descriptions.
  • Establish deadlines and assist editors in enforcing them.
  • Organize and attend paper critiques, cover meetings, and editorial meetings for each issue.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers are informed about story ideas, meetings and other paper-related events.
  • Ensure the Martlet website is frequently updated with relevant, timely content that complements and supplements the print edition.
  • Take responsibility for comment moderation on the Martlet website.
  • Promote a healthy working relationship with the other staff, volunteers, and the board of directors.
  • In conjunction with the design director and the business manager, ensure the office is a tidy, respectful environment.
  • Participate in committees as decided by staff and the bylaws of the society.
  • Sit on the editor-in-chief hiring committee for the following volume.
  • Write and submit a transition report prior to the end of tenure.


  • Knowledge of newspaper writing, editing and layout; demonstrated previous experience with editing.
  • Ability to show leadership and delegate tasks as required.
  • Ability to work long hours in a high-pressure student environment with staff and volunteers who hold diverse perspectives.
  • Knowledge of defamation, copyright laws, Canadian Press style.
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign an asset.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop favourable.
  • Some knowledge of how to take and edit photos for print and web favourable.
  • Familiarity with CMS and/or publishing favourable.


Application Deadline: May 30, 2018

Send your resume, cover letter, and three writing samples to hiring@martlet.ca. Only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews. Please note this is a full-time position.