Beacon Copy Editor

Job Title

Beacon Copy 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 its weekly meetings on Wed. nights.
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Fulfills all reporter duties as listed in News (or Sports) Reporter job description
  • Acts as a leader/coach in team-reporting assignments
  • Initiates enterprise and in-depth reporting, including multimedia
  • Copyedits all Beacon articles on deadline for AP style, grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.
  • Studies and learns AP style over the summer
  • Becomes proficient in AP style, edits accordingly, and mentors editors in AP style as needed,
  • Contributes two story ideas each week


General Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Is dependable on deadlines and responsive to all editing requests
  • Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning
  • Is a good listener
  • Is considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Reads journalistic media for fun and curiosity
  • 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


Time Commitment and Availability

  • 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.