THE CHIMES // News Editor

Basic function and responsibility:

A Chimes News Editor is responsible for all the daily and biweekly content, both online and in print, within the news section. This position entails delegating article assignments to writers, but often involves personally writing stories. Newsworthy stories include, but are not limited to, updates in administrative decisions, Student Government Association senate meetings, Campus Safety crime log reports, new student trends, and feature-length slice-of-life stories. This person works in tandem with their co-news editor and is expected to cover breaking news events.


  1. Oversee the writing and completion of all news-related stories for the Chimes.

  1. Secure articles and writers for timely web stories. Ensure that enough articles are available to meet weekly requirements.

  1. Ensure that all current Biola-related stories are covered throughout the week online, and that high-quality feature-length stories are published in the biweekly print edition.

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

  1. Communicate with photo editors, photographers, and designers to obtain and prepare visual elements related to stories.

  1. Delegate and advise a writing staff for the news section. Meet with writers weekly, and communicate with freelancers throughout the writing and production process to ensure the final product is professional.

  1. Collaborate with the web staff to produce online-exclusive content.

  1. Write news-related stories in a professional manner.

  1. Edit all news-related stories for content, grammar, spelling, facts, etc.

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

  1. Constantly remain alert for possible news stories on and off campus.

13.  Attend weekly budget meetings, prepared with a schedule of news stories for the following several weeks.

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

Supervision received: Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor

Supervision of others: News Staff Writer, freelancers


General: Demonstrate a working knowledge and familiarity with AP style. Strong editing, grammar and writing skills. Knack for news. Ability to supervise and provide constructive criticism in a helpful and appropriate manner. Flexible attitude. Demonstrate working knowledge of computer programs such as Google Docs and Excel. Good interpersonal skills and ability to lead a writing staff. Able to upload stories and work with web elements. 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.