Beacon Sports Editor

Job Title

Beacon Sports Editor





Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position is open to all UP students. However, preference is given to applicants with relevant experience.
  • Is responsible for all sports coverage including social media
  • 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 sports stories and events on multiple platforms, enforcing deadlines
  • Ensures sports coverage is accurate, fair, ethical and compelling, and allows for a wide range of representation of student athletes and student sporting activities outside the athletics department
  • Edits and posts sports content throughout the week
  • Monitors sports content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications in the sports section when warranted
  • Reports and writes sports stories and columns regularly
  • Introduces sports reporters to key personnel in the athletics department, especially sports information officials
  • Assigns all sports reporters beats and monitors their progress
  • Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting and writing with assistance from adviser
  • Ensures sports reporters follow best practices as journalists instead of playing the role of a fan in the context of their job at The Beacon
  • Is available to reporters via phone, text, Slack and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings
  • Monitors sports content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications for the news section when warranted.
  • Oversees all recorded (podcasts, video) and live sports content
  • Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie: video, slideshow) in the Sports section per week
  • Generates original content ideas and coverage strategies for the Sports section
  • Directs Community Engagement Editor on sports content in Beacon social media
  • Coordinates with Multimedia Editor in assigning Sports section videos and photos
  • Encourages and executes innovation in multimedia storytelling
  • May be required to report and write occasional news stories


General Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Has a good understanding of most sports and takes the initiative to learn whatever is necessary
  • 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
  • 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 as well as the sports world
  • 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 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 approves the absence in advance. 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.
  • Attends Beacon Boot Camp training in August