Jobs

The Martlet Co-Editor-in-Chief — Martlet Publishing Society (MPS)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Overview:

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

Tasks:

  • Take responsibility for the editorial decisions of the paper with current co-EIC.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that section editors and other editorial employees carry out their responsibilities as described in their job descriptions.
  • Establish deadlines and assist section 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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 part-time position. The job starts January 3, 2018, and ends April 20, 2018. For more information email business@martlet.ca. 

The Martlet Editorial Assistant—The Martlet Publishing Society

Application Deadline: Until positions are filled

Overview

Editorial Assistants will be primarily responsible for aiding the co-Editors-in-Chief, and will help to manage the editorial needs for all sections of the paper (News, Culture, Opinions, Feature, and Sports/Lifestyle/Humour). Along with reporting to the co-Editors-in-Chief and the Business Manager, EAs will also collaborate with the Design Director regarding graphical requirements for each story. They will solicit for volunteer writers, assign both volunteer and staff writers to stories, and maintain volunteer relationships. Editorial Assistants will also generate content for the paper when needed.

Tasks

  • Engage and network with the UVic community (and the community at large) to stay informed on emerging issues.
  • Edit submissions; checking for accuracy, libel, readability, balance, Canadian Press style, and Martlet style.
  • Develop and solicit story ideas, and write stories as needed.
  • In cooperation with other staff, recruit and assist volunteer contributors.
  • Format and promote the week’s stories on WordPress, embedding photos, hyperlinks, potential Tweets, headlines, and other supplementary information as requested by the co-Editors-in-Chief. This includes promoting stories on the Martlet’s social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Be aware of, and implement, the Martlet’s fact-checking guidelines and conflict of interest policy.
  • Work with the Photo Editor and Design Director to ensure each story has a press-quality image and caption, and that images are noted on the run sheet.
  • Attend all weekly pitch, editorial, and paper critique meetings (one meeting total per week).

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, editing, research, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload, work with tight deadlines, and work in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
  • Familiarity with CP style, Google Docs, CMS platforms (particularly WordPress), and social media platforms (including Twitter and Facebook) an asset.
  • Journalism courses and journalism experience is desirable.

Email resume, cover letter, and writing samples to hiring@martlet.ca. Application ends when the position is filled. This position is 20 hours per issue, paid at $11.35 per hour. The job starts as soon as possible and ends April 20, 2018. For more information email business@martlet.ca. Preference may be given to successful Work Study applicants. Please visit http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/safa/work-study/ for more information on the Work Study application process.