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SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MEDIA

The Beacon is consistently heralded as one of the top student news organizations in the country, with our focus on editorial excellence and newsroom innovation. Through daily publication of content online, a weekly print newspaper, monthly magazine, radio show, and other forms of multimedia distribution, The Beacon is the leading source for Emerson-centric news. 

 

We reach more readers in print and online than any other media organization on campus. Our stories have been picked up by The Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times, ESPN, BBC, and other prominent titles. In 2020 alone, more than a dozen Beacon staffers had work published in leading newspapers and magazines, while others continued reporting for outlets around the world.

Working at The Beacon will give you access to a real-world journalism laboratory that will translate to the lessons and ideas exposed in the classroom. On any given day, hundreds or thousands of people could read a story published by a Beacon reporter. Given our position in the heart of Boston, our reporters, editors, photographers, and broader storytellers have a front-row seat to some of the region’s biggest events. 

 

In our inclusive, collaborative newsroom environment you will learn to write, edit, and produce content for varying forms of media. You’ll have access to cutting-edge products and technologies designed for the newsroom of tomorrow. You will also be a part of a passionate team of dedicated individuals that will help you grow as a journalist.

FAQs

Do I have to be a journalism major to work on The Beacon?

Not at all. The Beacon is open to all majors across Emerson. 

I am studying remote this spring, can I still work at The Beacon?

Absolutely! The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change the way we have historically operated, and we’ve transitioned many of our workflows online. 

I have never worked in any form of media. Can I still join The Beacon?

We are a learning institution just as much as we are an essential news source. There are no prerequisites required to work with us. 

Are grad students allowed to work at The Beacon? 

Yes, as the student newspaper of record, all students may work at The Beacon.

Still have questions? Reach out to us.

GET INVOLVED

For assistant, deputy, and section editors, you will be expected to attend mandatory staff meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Monday we meet from 6:30 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays, our production night, we meet from 6 p.m. onward (until The Beacon’s physical edition is sent to the print). We also run a flex meeting on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. This time is used to edit, write, and produce content as we prepare for production.

10-15 hours per week, suggested meeting attendance Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday

 

Applicants should have:

  1. An understanding or willingness to learn the business of journalism
  2. Strong notetaking skills
  3. Ability to manage a calendar and inbox 

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Assists the Operations Managing Editor with tasks and responsibilities
  2. Helps manage communication channels
  3. Assists in print distribution collection  

 

Reports to the Operations Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief. This is a year-long commitment and, depending on performance, candidates should expect to become the Operations Managing Editor in Fall 2021.

15-20 hours per week, mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday

 

The Web Editor is in charge of ensuring that all articles are packaged properly online and that the website is curated best to fit our content. They will also be responsible for distributing stories on all social media platforms in order to reach our audience.

 

Applicant should have:

  1. Experience with web design and social media
  2. Experience with coding would be highly preferred 
  3. Familiarity with The Beacon’s content and audience
  4. Good communication and organization skills are essential

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Ensuring that all stories are packaged correctly on berkeleybeacon.com and marlboromonitor.com (photo, caption, headline, byline, any special formatting)
  2. Communicate with section editors and upper editors about web strategy
  3. Post stories to social media
  4. Create and execute long term web and social media strategies
  5. Writing the newsletter every Thursday with occasional special editions

20 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Tuesday

 

The Magazine editor finds, assigns, and edits stories for The Beacon’s print magazine and online platform. Additionally they are responsible for being the chief designer and planner of the 16 page magazine. A major component of the job will be finding articles and planning the issues months ahead to ensure completion. They manage a deputy and a number of dedicated staff writers and correspondents.

 

Applicants should have:

  • Reporting experience, with a heavy preference for previous work with The Beacon and experience in magazine writing outside of The Beacon
  • A strong interest in and knowledge of design aspects and layout
  • Experience line-editing articles for content and AP Style
  • Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is mandatory
  • Dedication to deadlines
  • Experience planning long-term projects and seeing them to completion

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Finding stories. Ideally other writers, deputies or assistants will often pitch stories, but most months the editor must come up with three to five article ideas

15 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Tuesday

 

The Deputy Magazine Editor assists the Magazine Editor find, assign, and edit stories for the Magazine section. They will also offer their ideas and feedback and work closely with the Magazine editor in the designing and planning of the 16 page magazine. A major component of the job will be finding articles and helping refine pitches that the team of writers and correspondents will send in. Additionally they will have the opportunity to pitch, report, and write their own stories.

 

Applicants should have:

  • Reporting experience, with a heavy preference for previous work with The Beacon and experience in magazine writing outside of The Beacon
  • An interest in and knowledge of design aspects and layout
  • Experience line-editing articles for content and AP Style
  • Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  • Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Pitching stories to the magazine section
  • Managing of reporters and correspondents, and keeping in constant contact with both
  • Communicating heavily with multimedia editors about content such as cover story design, photographs, and graphic design elements within the pages
  • Editing all articles in the section
  • Reporting back to the Magazine Editor frequently on progress with stories and any other issues that may arise

35-40 hours per week, mandatory meetings Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday. The news team also holds a weekly section meeting attended by the sections’ editors that moves depending on the group’s schedule. The EICs and MEs may sit in on this meeting.

The news editor finds, assigns, and edits stories for the news section. They manage a team of deputy and assistant editors, as well as a number of staff writers and news correspondents. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. A drive to produce outstanding journalism on a daily deadline with a focus on what impacts Emerson community members from both inside and outside the halls of the college.  
  2. Reporting experience, with a heavy preference for previous work with The Beacon.
  3. Familiarity with the workings of SGA and the Emerson administration.
  4. Experience line-editing articles for content and AP Style.
  5. Organizational, time management, and leadership skills.
  6. Dedication to deadlines.

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Finding stories. Ideally, other writers will often pitch stories, but there will be weeks where the news editor must come up with multiple article ideas that will fill the budget so we publish daily. Will have to figure out deadlines and keep track of all the articles, ask deputy editors for updates on articles often.
  2. Managing the express and enterprise deputy and assistant editors. Communicate with reporters about their articles and pitches, but are not the direct contact with the reporters. Run ideas and keep senior editors in the loop. 
  3. Communicating with multimedia editors about additional content. Tell the photo editor what the photos should be and when they’re needed. 
  4. Editing all articles in the section after the deputy and assistant editors have edited.
  5. Assigning stories to writers best suited to them. They are in charge of headlines and captions and photo credits, but the deputy and assistant editors help.
  6. They usually put the articles on the website and send them to copy.

30-35 hours per week, mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday nights

 

The express news editor focuses on breaking news and short form articles surrounding events and happenings both on and off campus. This position acts as the main point of contact for articles assigned to the express section. They will edit articles daily with a drive to publish at least one article a day. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. The ability to edit multiple articles that are slated for tight turnarounds every day and a drive to produce quality breaking news coverage when needed.
  2. Reporting experience, especially at The Beacon
  3. Proficiency in news structure, grammar, AP and Beacon style
  4. Good time management skills and availability to edit throughout the week (typically everyday depending on how busy the week).
  5. Dedication to deadlines
  6. Time to edit articles to be published on a daily basis

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit all the articles produced by the express section as they are shared by reporters. Pitch stories weekly. They will have to be aware of what is happening on and off campus.
  2. Be willing to write breaking news immediately if needed
  3. Write headlines for the print issue .
  4. Communicate with correspondents and help new writers edit their articles
  5. Fact-check all the articles
  6. Stay until all the articles are out of copy-editing. Expect late Wednesday nights. 

 

The deputy express editor communicates primarily with the news editor while also staying in contact with the managing editor for copy and editor-in-chief on a regular basis. 

30-35 hours per week, mandatory meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights

 

The enterprise editor focuses on long form and investigative stories surrounding ongoings, trends, and happenings both on and off campus. The position acts as a main point of contact for reporters with articles assigned to enterprise. They will edit articles and check on writers’ progress on a daily basis with the help of their assistant.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. The ability to edit multiple longform articles with the intention of explaining complicated issues to the Emerson community. A drive to dive deep into topics that may require more than the standard turnaround time. 
  2. Reporting experience, especially at The Beacon
  3. Proficiency in  grammar, AP and Beacon styleGood time management skills and availability to edit throughout the week (typically everyday depending on how busy the news week).
  4. Dedication to deadlines
  5. Time to edit articles to be published on a daily basis

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit all the articles produced by the enterprise section as they are shared by reporters. Pitch stories weekly. They will have to be aware of what is happening on and off campus. 
  2. Write articles when needed.
  3. Write headlines for the print issue 
  4. Communicate with correspondents and help new writers edit their articles
  5. Fact-check all the articles
  6. Stay until all the articles are out of copy-editing. Expect late Wednesday nights. 
  7. Be ready to pick up editing or writing from others, just because it doesn’t fall in your section doesn’t mean it’s not your job to help put it up.

 

The deputy enterprise editor communicates primarily with the news editor while also staying in contact with the managing editor for copy and editor-in-chief on regular basis. 

20 hours per week, mandatory meetings on Monday,Wednesday and Sunday nights

 

The assistant express editor will help the deputy express editor produce breaking news and short form content surrounding events and happenings both on and off campus. The position’s primary focus is editing articles and finding story ideas to pitch to reporters each week. The assistant express editor will also write news coverage as it is deemed fit for them to do so. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. The time to edit multiple articles each day that are slated for tight turnaround.
  2. Reporting experience, especially at the Beacon
  3. A working knowledge of grammar, AP and Beacon style.
  4. Some time management skills and availability to edit throughout the week (typically everyday depending on how busy the news week).
  5. Dedication to deadlines
  6. Time to edit articles to be published on a daily basis

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit all the articles produced by the enterprise section as they are shared by reporters. Pitch stories weekly. They will have to be aware of what is happening on and off campus. 
  2. Write articles when needed.
  3. Fact-check all the articles.
  4. Stay until all the articles are sent to copy-editing. Expect late Wednesday nights. 
  5. Gather and write up incident journal weekly from the ECPD Deputy Chief.

 

The assistant express editor communicates primarily with the deputy express news editor while also staying in contact with the news editor, managing editor for copy, and editor-in-chief on a regular basis.

20 hours per week, mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday nights

 

The assistant enterprise editor will help the deputy enterprise editor in producing long form and investigative pieces. The position’s primary focus is editing articles and finding story ideas to pitch to reporters each week. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. A working knowledge of editing multiple longform articles with the intention of explaining complicated issues to the Emerson community.
  2. Reporting experience, especially at The Beacon.
  3. Proficiency in  grammar, AP and Beacon style, etc. This position requires some knowledge in news structures and flow. 
  4. Some time management skills and availability to edit throughout the week (typically everyday depending on how busy the news week).
  5. Dedication to deadlines.
  6. Time to edit articles to be published on a daily basis.

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit all the articles produced in the enterprise section as they are shared by reporters. Pitch stories weekly. They will have to be aware of what is happening on and off campus. 
  2. Write articles when needed.
  3. Fact-check all the articles
  4. Stay until all the articles are sent to copy-editing. Expect late Wednesday nights. 

 

The assistant enterprise editor communicates primarily with the deputy enterprise news editor while also staying in contact with the news editor, managing editor for copy, and editor-in-chief on a regular basis. 

25 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

The living arts editor finds, assigns, and edits stories for the lifestyle and arts sections. They manage a team of a deputy and assistant editors, as well as a number of staff writers and correspondents. 

 

Applicants should have:

  • Reporting experience, with a heavy preference for previous work with The Beacon and experience in either the lifestyle or arts sections
  • An interest in and knowledge of performance and visual art
  • Experience line-editing articles for content and AP Style
  • Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  • Preferably, some familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  • Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Finding stories. Ideally other writers, deputies or assistants will often pitch stories, but most weeks the editor must come up with five to eight article ideas
  • Managing a team of deputy and assistant editors and reporters, and keeping in constant contact with both
  • Communicating with multimedia editors about additional content such as photographs, column graphics, or possible videos 
  • Editing all articles in the section
  • Assigning stories to writers best suited to them and guiding new writers in the reporting, writing, and editing process
  • Laying out the section for the print edition
  • Writing headlines and captions for online and print stories

 

10-15 hours per week, mandatory meetings Mondays and Wednesdays

 

The deputy and assistant living arts editor positions are a step below the section editor within The Berkeley Beacon. It serves to copy-edit and revise incoming stories within the section, and work as a primary staff writer.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Spent at least a semester as a Beacon correspondent, attending critiques and workshops regularly
  2. An interest in and knowledge of human interest stories
  3. Proficiency in feature writing and AP style
  4. Dedication to deadlines.

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit articles (varying from 3-7 per week) as they are shared by the section editor
  2. Pitch articles and find relevant events for the section to cover, always keeping the next few weeks in mind
  3. Write headlines and captions for publication, online and in print
  4. Communicate with new writers weekly to improve their interviewing and writing skills, including finding time to work with them in person and one-on-one if needed
  5. Report on campus events or write in-depth profiles of interesting students, alumni, or faculty
  6. Assist writers with finding sources, remaining in contact with writers throughout the week

10-15 hours per week, mandatory meetings Mondays and Wednesdays

 

The deputy and assistant living arts editor positions are a step below the section editor within The Berkeley Beacon. It serves to copy-edit and revise incoming stories within the section, and work as a primary staff writer.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Spent at least a semester as a Beacon correspondent, attending critiques and workshops regularly
  2. An interest in and knowledge of human interest stories
  3. Proficiency in feature writing and AP style
  4. Dedication to deadlines.

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Edit articles (varying from 3-7 per week) as they are shared by the section editor
  2. Pitch articles and find relevant events for the section to cover, always keeping the next few weeks in mind
  3. Write headlines and captions for publication, online and in print
  4. Communicate with new writers weekly to improve their interviewing and writing skills, including finding time to work with them in person and one-on-one if needed
  5. Report on campus events or write in-depth profiles of interesting students, alumni, or faculty
  6. Assist writers with finding sources, remaining in contact with writers throughout the week

25 hours a week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

The sports editor runs the sports section, coordinating the assignment of stories and the production of the sports section for the print issue.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Reporting experience, with a heavy preference for previous work with the Beacon
  2. Knowledge of sport, willingness to learn about Emerson’s 14 varsity sports including lacrosse and tennis
  3. Experience line-editing articles for content and AP Style
  4. Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  5. Preferably some familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  6. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Finding stories. Ideally, other writers will often pitch stories, but there will be weeks where the sports editor must come up with at least four article ideas
  2. Managing a team of assistant editors and reporters, and keeping in contact with senior editors
  3. Communicating with multimedia editors about additional content 
  4. Helping to maintain @Beacon__Sports Twitter account
  5. Editing all articles in the section
  6. Assigning stories to writers best suited to them and guiding writers in the reporting and writing process
  7. Laying out the section for the print edition.

(Assistants: 10, Deputies: 15) hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday nights

 

The assistant sports editor supports the section editor. The goal of this position is to ensure that the section is running smoothly.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Spent at least a semester as a Beacon correspondent, attending critiques and workshops regularly
  2. An interest in and knowledge of Emerson Athletics
  3. Proficiency in feature writing and AP style
  4. Dedication to deadlines.

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Edit articles (varying from 4-10 per week) as they are shared by the section editor
  2. Pitch articles and find relevant events for the section to cover, always keeping the next few weeks in mind
  3. Communicate with new writers weekly to improve their interviewing and writing skills
  4. Report when necessary

15-20 hours a week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

The opinion editor is responsible for managing the opinion section—including op-eds, editorial, photo shoot, and editorial cartoon—weekly. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Strong argument writing experience
  2. Experience line-editing articles in AP Style and large, conceptual edits
  3. Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  4. Preferably, some familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  5. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include: 

  1. Finding and recruiting writers to write for the section
  2. Editing articles to emphasis argument in the clearest way possible 
  3. Participate and lead weekly Editorial Board piece
  4. Conceptualize Editorial Cartoon with Illustrator
  5. Layout Opinion and Masthead pages
  6. Writing when necessary

15 hours a week, mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday nights

 

The Deputy Opinion Editor and the assist the Opinion Editor to produce the Opinion section of the newspaper every week. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Strong argument writing and editing experience
  2. Organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  3. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Listening to pitches and recruit new writers
  2. Reaching out to contributors and promoting prompts on social media
  3. Editing essays to bring forward arguments in a clear and concise way
  4. Participating on the Editorial Board
  5. Assist Opinion Editor where needed
  6. Writing when necessary

 

5-10 hours/week, mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday

 

The Photo Editor is in charge of communicating with section heads every week to find out which images are crucial to telling each story, and managing the photo team to ensure said images are obtained. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Experience with digital photography, specifically in photographing portraits, events, sports games/matches, and candid shots. 
  2. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
  3. Good communication, organization, and time management skills are essential
  4. Good creative vision and an eye for what is important to capture and show for a story. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Communicate with editorial sections
  2. Manage assignments within photo team
  3. Edit images for print
  4. Ensure photos are displayed in the most effective manner

5-10 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

The assistant and deputy photo editor(s) assists the photo editor to gather and edit photos for the Beacon’s print and web articles, as well as completes photo assignments for both print and web publication. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Photography experience
  2. A commitment to time management and communication
  3. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop
  4. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Taking newsworthy and interesting photos
  2. Communicating with editorial staff and with writers
  3. Editing photos for print and web specifications
  4. Helping the photo editor cover assignments and cover last-minute events

 

The assistant/deputy photo editor(s) works with directly to the photo editor and the editor-in-chief, and oversees staff photographers

15-20 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

The videographer pitches, films, and edits videos for the Beacon’s website, youtube channel, and social media platforms. Videos range from short news clips (about 3-4 minutes long) to higher production non-narrative feature videos (6-10 minutes long). 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Experience filming with 60Ds, 6Ds, and Panasonic HC‑X1000s
  2. Understand the basics of what makes a good video
  3. A commitment to time management and communication
  4. Proficiency in Adobe Premiere (We are not a Final Cut newsroom. Industry professionals use Premiere.)
  5. The ability to work with a team of video editors and videographers
  6. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Shooting a newsworthy and interesting video at least once a week and a feature video once a month
  2. Editing videos on Premiere outside of the mandatory meetings on Monday and Wednesday
  3. Communicating with editorial staff and writers to find interesting video ideas
  4. Applicants should be aware of what is happening on-campus and the ability to judge what stories can be best told through video 
  5. Editing videos for web, social media, and youtube specifications
  6. Live streaming important events to the Beacon’s Facebook account with the previously listed cameras

 

The videographer works directly with the managing editor for visuals and editor-in-chief as well as the various editorial sections (News, Arts, Lifestyle, Sports, Opinion).

5 hours per week, remote

 

The chief copy editor ensures Beacon copy is clean and clear for publication. They will manage a team of copyeditors, and review all final drafts.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. At least one semester of experience copy editing for the Beacon
  2. Familiarity with AP and Beacon style
  3. An eye for English grammar, spelling, and syntax errors
  4. A very detail-oriented mindset
  5. Leadership experience, preferred

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Manage a team of 5-10 copy editors
  2. Setting weekly copyediting schedule
  3. Signing off on each article placed in the copy editing document 
  4. Ensuring that articles going to print are clean, concise, and following Beacon Style

5 hours per week, remote

 

Copy editors make any last changes to articles before they are published, editing primarily for style and clarity. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of English grammar, AP style, and Beacon style
  2. A very detail-oriented mindset
  3. Preferably past experience with copyediting, either through a class or another publication

Responsibilities include:

  1. Remotely attending a weekly 2-hour shift
  2. Ensuring that articles going to print are clean, concise, and following Beacon Style

 

Copy editors respond to the chief copy editor. Occasionally they will communicate with section editors for queries.

5 hours per week, remote

 

The podcast producer should take initiative and produce an episode weekly. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. News or journalistic experience
  2. Experience in audio and post production

Responsibilities include:

  1. Finding and pitching stories to the Visual ME and EIC
  2. Following Beacon style with podcasts and producing on a weekly schedule

 

Podcast Producer responds to the visual managing editor. They will also communicate with section editors for queries.

3-4 hours per week, remote

 

The radio host will record and produce our radio show twice a week in the WECB offices, and be responsible for giving the audio files to the Managing Visual Editor

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Experience producing with various degrees of audio equipment
  2. Knowledge of radio trends
  3. Ability to perform for an hour straight if needed and develop a radio personality
  4. Comfortable being live on air
  5. Can improv on air if needed

Responsibilities include:

  1. Producing 2 radio shows a week
  2. Finding guests for the show
  3. Delivering the audio and an excerpt of the show in a timely manner

 

3-8 hours per week, remote

 

Graphic designers and illustrators prepare graphics and illustrations for print, web, and social media. Their workload varies each week. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Knowledge of digital illustration and design 
  2. Ability to create graphics on deadline 
  3. Preferably experience with Adobe Suite

 

Responsibilities include:

  1.  Creating column pictures for the Living Arts section 
  2. Creating an editorial cartoon with the editorial board 
  3. Summarizing info in graphs, advertisements, and images

3-5 hours per week, suggested meeting attendance Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Organizational skills 
  2. Willingness to conduct outreach operations to former Beacon staffers
  3. Ability to plan events and gatherings in or outside of Boston

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Organizes alumni outreach and gift-giving
  2. Writes the monthly alumni association newsletter
  3. Plans alumni association events in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles (travel included)
  4. Develops long-term goals and strategies for a fruitful Beacon Alumni Association    

 

Reports to the Operations Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief

3-8 hours per week, mostly remote, suggested attendance Wednesday nights

 

News Designers help lay out The Beacon’s weekly 8-page print edition and monthly magazine. Their workload varies per week. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Knowledge of or willingness to learn InDesign
  2. Ability to create graphics on deadline 
  3. Preferably experience with Adobe Suite

Responsibilities include:

  1. Laying out 1-2 pages of the physical edition each week  
  2. Coming up with ideas for data journalism graphics to be published alongside stores 

 

Designers respond to the multimedia managing editor and editor-in-chief. They may communicate with other section editors. 

5-10 hours per week, mandatory meeting on Monday

Staff writers cover stories that may interest the Emerson community. These range from breaking news stories, longer enterprise stories, game stories, and more. 

Applicants should have:

  1. A proficient news sense
  2. An understanding of AP style, story structure, and journalistic ethics
  3. Availability to cover last-minute or time-consuming, deeply reported stories.
  4. Previous Beacon experience is preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Pitching and writing stories, likely more than one a week
  2. Completing stories on, on average, a 2-3 day deadline
  3. Making edits in a timely fashion
  4. Communicating often with the appropriate deputy editor.

2-3 hours per week, mandatory meetings Monday and Wednesday

 

Staff photographers pitch photo and visual stories and take breakin news/feature photos as needed by the photo editor.

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Basic photo experience or willingness to learn
  2. A commitment to time management and communication
  3. Proficiency or willingness to learn Lightroom and Photoshop
  4. The ability to work with a team of photographers and
  5. Dedication to deadlines

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Shooting clear, interesting photos 1-3 times per week 
  2. Communicating with editorial staff and photo team
  3. Applicants should be aware of what is happening on-campus 

 

The photographers work directly with the managing editor for visuals and photo editor, as well as the various editorial sections (News, Arts, Lifestyle, Sports, Opinion) occasionally.

5-8 hours/week

 

An opinion columnist will be a regular contributor to the opinion section, both responding to prompts and submitting pitches for publication regularly. 

 

Applicants should have:

  1. Strong argument writing experience
  2. Organizational and time management skills
  3. Dedication to deadlines
  4. Availability to respond to and address edits efficiently 

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Contributing to the opinion section, either in response to prompts or by pitch, on a regular basis (at least every two weeks)
  2. Writing and addressing edits over the course of the article’s development 
  3. Promoting published articles on social media
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