2013-2014 Job Descriptions

THE CHIMES // assistant news editor

Basic function and responsibility:

The assistant news editor is responsible for all breaking news content online, and for tailoring it for print. This person organizes a team of reporters available around the clock to cover events, campus incidents and any other time-sensitive activity. This person uploads stories from writers to the web almost instantly. The assistant news editor reports to and assists the senior news editor. The ideal candidate is a news junkie, an excellent writer, a natural leader, and committed to getting a news story at all costs. The ideal candidate also knows how to work with police, Campus Safety and other authorities. The ideal candidate also has a working knowledge of how to upload photos and other convergent elements to the web, and is familiar with SEO. The candidate will be aware of what is happening on campus and is always looking for new stories and anything out of the ordinary.


1. Oversee the writing and completion of all breaking news items for the Chimes.

2. Secure and train a team of round-the-clock reporters for breaking news.

3. Upload stories to the web, formatting appropriately.

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

5. Communicate with photo editors/photographers to obtain photographs related to stories for the web.

6. Collaborate with the A-section design editor when stories do make it to print.

7. When necessary, write breaking news stories in a professional manner.

8. Edit all breaking news stories for content, grammar, spelling, facts, etc.

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

10. Check national and international news constantly for stories related to campus.

11. Attend weekly budget meetings, prepared with budget.

12. Help select and train an apprentice in spring, supervising that apprentice for up to 10 hours a week.

13. Be responsible for any international news that might affect the Biola community and assign writers to timely international stories.

Supervision received: Editor-in-chief, managing editor, online editor, senior news editor

Supervision of others: Freelance writers and reporters


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, Excel and Wordpress. 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, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a scale of 4.00, have completed at least one semester at Biola University with a full-time student status and currently be enrolled as a full-time student.  During the term of service, maintain the previously mentioned grade point average on a semester basis and maintain a full-time student status. Prior work, class or internship experience in journalism is required.

Hours worked: 5 hours, 9 months

Revised April 2013