Beacon Community Engagement Editor

Job Title

Beacon Community Engagement Editor





Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position is open to all UP students, however preference is given to applicants with relevant experience
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights
  • Throughout the week, posts compelling content and links to Beacon media on Beacon’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Follows best journalistic practices for accuracy, fairness and ethics in all posts
  • Prioritizes diversity and inclusion in all content
  • Post links to new Beacon content every day at strategic times
  • Interacts with social media followers (ie: @replies) as appropriate
  • Creates promotional social media and newsletter posts featuring Beacon staff and events
  • Produces and sends weekly newsletter featuring links to Beacon news, living, sports and opinion content. Posts newsletter on Engage each Thursday morning.
  • Builds and maintains email address list for newsletter, and executes strategies to increase subscriptions and maximize newsletter exposure
  • Creates and organizes Beacon-sponsored events and promotions to increase engagement
  • Supervises The Beacon promotional table at the Activities Fair each semester
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • In collaboration with section editors, posts quizzes, opinion polls, and other digital interactives to increase Beacon user engagement
  • Responsible for improving “About Us” webpage, posting bios and headshots of the editorial board
  • In collaboration with Creative Director, plans and executes contests and events to increase Beacon engagement as well as staff recruiting


General Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Has a distinct, crisp, conversational writing “voice”
  • Is dedicated to accuracy across all platforms
  • Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning
  • Is a good listener
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Reads journalistic media for fun and curiosity, keeps up with current events
  • Is excited about multimedia as well as writing
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting
  • Is flexible in temperament, especially in breaking news situations
  • Is open to instruction and willing to read articles, participate in webinars, etc. as assigned by the Beacon adviser and editors
  • Keeps up-to-date on engagement and social media trends technology


Time Commitment and Availability

  • Must attend Beacon Boot Camp training in August approximately one week before fall term starts and should not schedule conflicting activities/positions.
  • Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Beacon staffers are strongly discouraged from registering for classes that meet during those times.
  • The person in this position makes up part of The Beacon Editorial Board. In addition to Tuesday and Thursday all-staff meetings, Editorial Board members also have a required meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.