Beacon Living Section Editor

Job Title

Beacon Living Section 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
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Assigns reporters feature stories including multimedia, enforcing deadlines
  • Ensures coverage is accurate, fair, ethical and allows for a wide range of representation of the campus community
  • Edits and posts Living section content throughout the week
  • Reports and writes stories for the Living section regularly (at least twice a month)
  • Uses digital tools for interactive storytelling (ie: quizzes, lists, games, maps, infographics)
  • Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie: video, slideshow, graphic) in the Living section per week
  • Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting and writing with assistance from adviser
  • Is available to reporters via phone, Slack, text and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings
  • Tags faith-related Living stories in the Faith & Fellowship section as well as in Living
  • Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling
  • Monitors Living section content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications in the Living section when warranted
  • Oversees all recorded (podcasts, video) and live content for the Living section
  • Generates content ideas and coverage strategies for the Living section
  • Directs Community Engagement Editor on Living content in Beacon social media
  • Coordinates with Multimedia Editor in assigning Living section videos, photos, infographics,
  • Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • May be required to report and write occasional news stories


General Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning
  • Is a good listener as well as a natural leader
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge
  • Can manage peers in a professional setting, holding them accountable
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Reads journalistic media for fun and curiosity
  • Keeps up with current events, pop culture and UP student culture
  • Is excited about multimedia as well as writing
  • Has a good sense of humor, knows how to generate “fun” content
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting
  • Is open to instruction
  • Has at least one year of reporting experience (not required, though)


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.