Beacon Editor in Chief

Job Title

Beacon Editor in Chief





Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position is open to all UP students. However, preference is given to applicants with relevant experience.
  • Is responsible for managing and overseeing Beacon staff content, production of The Beacon website and other platforms (social media, newsletter) during the academic year.
  • Practices and models sound judgment, fairness and accuracy as outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, leading staff in best journalistic practices and ethics.
  • Continually monitors Beacon content for accuracy and fairness and ensures corrections and clarifications are posted in timely manner.
  • Leads all-staff meetings on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Editorial Board meetings on Wednesday nights
  • Plans and executes strategies for recruiting and hiring top level students
  • Consults with editorial board and adviser to determine and enforce general editorial policies
  • Maintains an open mind and is accessible to all elements of UP community, realizing that the students constitute its largest element
  • Maintains clear communication with the adviser, the editorial board and Beacon staff
  • Manages all student staff in consultation with the adviser, initiates team-building activities and nurtures productive relationships.
  • Collaborates with news editor and adviser to assign beat coverage to staff
  • Develops and executes strategies to guide staff to up-to-date coverage.
  • Prioritizes diversity and inclusion in coverage and hiring, making sure other Beacon staff are inclusive and culturally competent in their practices.
  • Leads staff meetings including a weekly editorial board meeting
  • Collaborates with adviser on staff training in August and critiques throughout the year
  • Meets with administrators, faculty, students, staff and others in University community as needed to address concerns
  • Writes occasional articles and commentary
  • May be required to read or watch training material as directed by adviser
  • Uses social media to promote The Beacon, post story links and crowd source
  • Daily reads, watches and listens to a variety of professional news platforms to keep up-to-date on local, national and international news
  • Maintains a professional social media presence on personal accounts and works with Community Engagement Editor to ensure Beacon social media is strategic, professional and follows journalism ethics
  • Understands the mission of the University of Portland and The Beacon’s role in providing a platform of free and responsible dialogue


General Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA


Time Commitment and Availability

  • Attends all-staff meetings on Tuesday and Thursday nights
  • 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.