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Vanguard is Portland State’s student-run newspaper and media outlet. Vanguard has been in print since 1946 and publishes content online for breaking news, multimedia and interactive engagement. Vanguard publishes and distributes new print issues across campus every Tuesday during regular academic terms.
Vanguard seeks to provide fair, balanced, timely and comprehensive news and information to the PSU community. As part of a community of students attending a commuter school in the heart of downtown Portland, Vanguard also seeks to engage and enrich the greater Portland experience. This organization is committed to journalistic ethics and holds itself to a standard of media as a public good.
As a student-run publication, Vanguard provides unique hands-on learning experiences in a functioning newsroom. We encourage and uplift leaders and provide opportunities and training that translate in direct and diverse avenues in the world of professional journalism and far beyond.
To work at Vanguard as a contributor or editor, you must be a Portland State student. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 6 credits and have a minimum institutional 2.5 GPA, while graduate students need 5 credits per term and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Editor positions (paid by Educational Leadership and Service Awards) are filled on a term-by-term basis.
To apply for an editor position, do not fill out the application below.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and work sample to:
[email protected] and [email protected]
with the subject line: “I want an ELSA.”
OPEN POSITIONS:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”Writers & Reporters for News, International, Arts & Culture & Opinion sections” tab_id=”1507851249662-3b3b4e65-04df”][vc_column_text]Vanguard is hiring writers and reporters for our News, International and Opinion sections. We are willing to train inexperienced applicants who demonstrate writing proficiency and a desire to learn journalistic skills.
Reporters and writers for Vanguard provide important news, information, events and entertainment to the PSU community, gain a strong journalistic foundation and build a portfolio of paid published work.
Contributors are paid per article published. Article pay ranges from $25–70 depending on word count and level of reporting. For detailed pay grades, visit pdx.edu/student-media/compensation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Managing Editor” tab_id=”1526849803304-c9e12c28-1ff8″][vc_column_text]The role of the Managing Editor is to maintain the internal office environment and procedures of the Vanguard and requires a time commitment of 10-15 hours/week, but increases during the end of the fiscal quarters and year. The position pays $2,300 per term.
Job duties include, but not limited to:
-Receiving and matching contributor invoices.
-Maintaining updated current contributors list.
-Filing Spending Request through OrgSync.
-Working on Quarterly and Annual spreadsheets.
-Working with the EIC on various projects and tasks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”News Editor” tab_id=”1507851082808-70d3d472-7f81″][vc_column_text]Vanguard news covers significant issues on and around the Portland State University campus. News can be anything that touches student life, remembering that students attending our urban campus encompass a diversity of backgrounds. News editors need to be quick, connected, and objective. It is essential to provide informative and ethical coverage of organizations and issues important to the student body.
The news editors are responsible for maintaining the News section, both online and in print. The News section covers all campus news, including but not limited to campus events, student government and other student groups, administrative and university affairs, Portland news and politics, and campus activism. The News editors play a pivotal role at the Vanguard. This requires a keen eye for newsworthiness, the ability to work as part of a team, and hiring and training contributors on journalistic writing.
News editors should be well-versed in media ethics, technical writing, editing and active journalism. Most of the Vanguard’s feature stories fall under the News section, which requires greater responsibility and accountability than other section editor positions. The News Editors will manage a team of 15-20 news contributors.
The position requires a time commitment of 20–25 hours per week.
Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1,900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately. Two positions are available.
Submit an application below and email a short cover letter and any relevant portfolio work to [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”International Editor” tab_id=”1526851702493-e61083ba-1b23″][vc_column_text]The International Section Editor is responsible for maintaining the international section of the newspaper. Candidates for the position should demonstrate a strong interest in and knowledge of international affairs, with an emphasis on PSU’s diverse community of international students. The position pays $1,900 per term and requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours/week.
-Generating and editing weekly content related to international events
-Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of worldwide news and events
-Remaining actively aware of PSU campus and community issues related to international affairs
-Hiring, training and maintaining consistent staff of international writers[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Arts & Culture Editor” tab_id=”1526852327632-f219be3b-0ae5″][vc_column_text]Responsibilities:
- Edit and fact-check articles before deadlines, based on AP Style and proper journalistic guidelines.
- Hire and manage a team of A&C writers.
- Stay up to date on Portland State and Portland A&C events, including but not limited to: art, literary arts, food, drink, special events, special lectures, cultural issues, cultural information, dance, music, film, festivals, special activities, travel, theatre, games and lifestyle. Find A&C events for article assignments and allocate to writers. Always look for Portland State events before Portland events; article assignments should always stay local.
- Create headlines, leads and blurbs every week.
- Be present for staff meetings (twice a week) and for production (one to two times a week). During production, the A&C Editor prepares, with the rest of the Vanguard staff, to publish the upcoming weekly newspaper.
This job, depending on your work ethic and organization, will take a minimum of 15 hours a week, but will more commonly take around 25 hours a week; (about eight of those hours are dedicated to production days). You will receive $1,900 per term for the job.
Being the A&C Editor of the Vanguard is a lot of work; but the effort made towards the job is highly rewarding. You will gain experience managing your own staff, as an editor, while still having the freedom to write about what interests you. You will also get to be a part of an organization that proudly works together to make a weekly newspaper. You will get to meet members of the community and go to events that you may not have had the opportunity to do/meet before. Not only is having this job great for experience before looking for a writing based career, it is also a lot of fun! Plus you get to work with an amazing staff that will help you learn the ropes along the way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Opinion Editor” tab_id=”1526852694410-2e1a44fb-cab3″][vc_column_text]The opinion editor is responsible for maintaining the opinion section of the newspaper. Candidates for the position should demonstrate a strong interest in and knowledge of current events, campus topics and pop culture. The opinion editor must have a discerning eye for relevant topics and an ability to fact check and curate current opinion columns on a variety of topics that relate to the Vanguard’s PSU demographic.
The position pays $1,900 per term, and requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours/week with an emphasis on Sunday, Monday and Friday office hours.
Eligible applicants must be current PSU students enrolled in 6 or more credits with a 2.5 GPA.
-Assigning, generating and editing weekly opinion columns related to PSU-relevant topics.
-Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of worldwide and local news and events.
-Hiring, training and maintaining consistent staff of opinion columnists
-Attend weekly staff meetings and collaborate with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Online Editor” tab_id=”1526852842403-151d56b7-08f2″][vc_column_text]Responsible for overseeing Vanguard website.
Creates and manages new user accounts
Updates categories for special sections
Adds hyperlinks, SEO keywords, categories and other html/coding needs to posts before they publish
Oversees Vanguard social media
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Copy Chief” tab_id=”1526852971271-eaf878dc-adb4″][vc_column_text]The copy chief is responsible for overseeing the newspaper’s copyediting needs. This includes hiring, training and managing a team of copyeditors, as well as copyediting print issues.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Copy Editors” tab_id=”1526854524853-7e182962-09fb”][vc_column_text]Copy editors edit each and every article before publication, maintain up-to-date knowledge of AP and Vanguard house style, generate conversations and recommendations on evolving editing practices, and remain actively aware of points for discussion in the editing process[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Photo Editor” tab_id=”1526853071290-eb66bc0d-5fa3″][vc_column_text]The photo editor evaluates the assignment sheet each week to determine which
events require or could use a photographer.
Photo editor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Managing photo requests and assignments
• Editing and cropping photos as needed
• Maintaining an organized folder and file structure
• Hiring and training photographers[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Multimedia Editor” tab_id=”1526853748033-563b5881-8042″][vc_column_text]The multimedia editor plays an increasingly important role in the Vanguard’s online presence. Multimedia has the capacity to work with all sections. Interviews, arts performances, student profiles, protests—any number of things can make for compelling video content. Because of the steep technical learning curve of this position, the multimedia editor should be experienced in videography, photography, and audio and video editing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Experienced Multimedia Reporters” tab_id=”1507851082842-1d2ec63c-af5d”][vc_column_text]The Vanguard needs reporters with experience in videography, editing and/or audio. The Vanguard has multimedia equipment available for checkout on a first come, first served basis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Creative Director” tab_id=”1526854207427-bf550804-60f7″][vc_column_text]The creative director–also known as the production manager–is directly responsible
for overseeing layout and design for the Vanguard’s print issues. They should
demonstrate strong leadership and managerial skills, ability to work well under
pressure, and proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Creative director responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Overseeing print layout and design
• Hiring, training and managing a team of designers
• Working under deadline restrictions within an existing brand
• Propelling the creative integrity and legacy of the paper, including:
• Concept collaboration with editorial staff and designers for layout, infographics,
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