THE CHIMES // Section Editor
News, Features, A&E, Opinions, Sports, Design, Web
Applications due via email to Melissa Hedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Label each page with your name, major, phone, email and year.
- What area are you interested in editing and why?
- What kind of experience do you have that you feel will assist you in being a section editor? (Please list all coursework that is applicable, high school newspaper experience, Chimes experience, and job related experience.)
- What is your projected date of graduation? (Only students graduating May 2017 and later will be considered.)
- What is your vision/goal for your content on the Chimes website?
- This position may take 15-20 hours of your week. Does this work with your class schedule, and can you handle the time commitment?
- The Chimes is a web-first publication, meaning stories must be generated, edited and uploaded every day. How would you handle a job that is somewhat constant and unpredictable?
- How familiar are you with web programs such as Wordpress and Google Docs?
- How comfortable are you with copy editing? How familiar are you with AP style?
- What are your standards for determining what is newsworthy and what is not?
- One of the biggest problems that The Chimes has always had is finding enough writers. How will you go about finding and retaining writers for next year?
- Are you comfortable with working with reporters to edit their work and help develop their writing?
- What are your leadership and people management skills? How would you interact with writers?
- What unique talents, skills and abilities would you bring to the newsroom?
- What are your two most prominent weaknesses and how will you keep them from influencing your work as an editor?
- Sports only: What makes a great sports story?
- Features only: How would you go about making your stories bold, yet thoughtful?
- Arts & Entertainment only: How can a review combine thoughtful Christian perspectives with entertainment that is relevant to today’s students?
- Opinions only: What is the role of a controversial story for a publication like the Chimes that has a mainly Christian audience?
19. Web only: What do you believe is one of the key components in communicating content to the Chimes audience through social media?
20. News only: What does it look like for a campus newspaper to have a watchdog mentality?
21. News only: How will you balance a never-ending news cycle with the demands of everyday life?
- Attach at least three writing samples. Published works/articles are acceptable, or articles written for journalism/PR courses.
- Include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with you and your writing.
- Interviews will be scheduled individually. Make sure your contact information is located at the top of your application.