THE CHIMES // Features Editor

Basic function and responsibility:

The Chimes features editor is responsible for the content of the Life & section online and in print. Primarily, this person delegates assignments to freelance writers, editing for content, grammar, spelling, etc. This is a mentorship role. The features editor meets individually with writers and coaches them through the process. The ideal candidate is a strong writer/editor and can motivate and challenge contributors to meet a well-defined vision. The editor is in tune with diversity.

Duties:

  1. Oversee the articles for the features tabs online and in print.

  1. Secure articles and freelance writers for web content daily, and for enough content to fill space in print.

  1. Ensure that writers conform to convergent requirements. Ensure that all writers attend any mandatory training and are familiar with Google Docs.

  1. Ensure that all current Biola-related stories are covered, if applicable.

  1. Communicate with photo editors to obtain photos related to the stories, both for the web and for print.

  1. Advise, coach and develop a writing staff. Conduct weekly meetings with the writing staff as a whole, in addition to one-on-one meetings or phone calls as needed to ensure assignments are completed with excellence.  

  1. Write features stories in a professional manner and train writers to be professional.

  1. Edit all related stories for content, grammar, spelling, facts, etc. before copy editing staff edits stories.

  1. Meet all writing deadlines and ensure that the features writing staff does the same.

  1. Collaborate with the web staff to produce special content online.

12. Attend weekly budget meetings and submit well-developed story ideas.

13. Train an apprentice in spring for 10+ hours a week.

Supervision received: Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor

Supervision of others: Features Staff Writer, freelancers

Qualifications:

General: Demonstrate a working knowledge and familiarity with AP style. Strong editing, grammar and writing skills. Ability to supervise and provide constructive criticism in a helpful and appropriate manner. Flexible attitude. Demonstrate working knowledge of computer and web programs such as Google Docs, Wordpress and Excel. Good interpersonal skills and ability to lead a writing staff. An eye for visually compelling story components. Able to delegate assignments.

Education and Experiences: At the time of election or appointment, must attend or accepted to Biola as a full-time student. Prior experience working with newspapers, yearbook, magazines or prior work, class experience, or journalism is preferable.  Demonstrate familiarity with the media and entertainment world.

Hours worked: 15-20 hours per week until the end of the semester (This is a stipend-based position, with a $100 a week for an estimated 13 weeks. This amount subject to change.)