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To work at the Vanguard as a contributor or editor, you must be a Portland State student, enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate credits (2.5 GPA) or 5 graduate credits (3.0 GPA).

Editor positions (paid by Educational Leadership and Service Awards) are filled on a term-by-term basis.

OPEN POSITIONS:

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.

The position requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

Creative director responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Overseeing print layout and design
• Hiring, training and managing a team of 10-15 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, photography and illustration
• Concepting for special guides, sections, articles, and ads

Skills or experience desired:

  • Managing a team of 10 individuals in a fast-paced environment
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Understand of AP Style

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

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 $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately. Two News Editor positions available.

Submit an application below and email a short cover letter and any relevant portfolio work to [email protected]

The International editor should be aware of the international community abroad and on campus. As of 2017, PSU supports more than 2,000 international students from nearly 100 different countries. International news covers this community as well as major events around the world.

The International section editor is responsible for maintaining the International section of the newspaper, both online and in print. 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 requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

Job duties include:
• 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 a consistent staff of 8-10 international news writers
• Attending weekly staff meetings and collaborating with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis

Arts & Culture is the most versatile section of the Vanguard, and thus requires a disciplined editor to ensure a level of continuity and expectation for our readers. Stories should focus primarily on campus related events, cheap and accessible events around campus, and finally on major national or international cultural and artistic events that affect the PSU community.

The Arts & Culture editor is responsible for maintaining the Arts & Culture sections of the newspaper, both online and in print. The Arts & Culture section includes PSU 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.

The position requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

Job duties include:
• Assigning, generating and editing weekly content related to A&C
• Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of A&C related news and events
• Hiring, training and maintaining a consistent staff of 8-10 A&C writers
• Attending weekly staff meetings and collaborating with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis

The Opinion editor is responsible for maintaining the Opinion section of the newspaper, both online and in print. 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 requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours/week.

Job duties include:

• 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 a consistent staff of 8-10 Opinion columnists
• Attending weekly staff meetings and collaborating with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately. Two News Editor positions available.

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.

The position requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

Job duties include:

• Assigning, generating and editing weekly multimedia content to accompany and supplement other Vanguard content
• Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of campus and local news and events
• Hiring, training and maintaining a consistent staff of 8-10 Multimedia contributors
• Attending weekly staff meetings and collaborating with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

Compelling photos add as much value to an article or cover as the words themselves. The photo editor works with the section editors and the editor-in-chief to determine which events and articles are in need of accompanying photos and then assigns those tasks as needed. The photo editor should have a keen eye for quality photos and be able to communicate photography fundamentals to current and incoming photographers.

The photo editor evaluates the assignment sheet each week to determine which events require or could use a photographer. If an editor is slow to update the assignment sheet, email them to inquire about their needs. The creative director or editor-in-chief might also submit requests for the cover or other photo considerations.
The photo editor should be comfortable editing and cropping photos, keeping in mind that the photograph’s content and context should not be altered in the process. Photos tend to appear darker in print, so adjust exposure and brightness as needed compared to the web file.

The position requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

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 a team of 8-10 photographers
The more photographers on staff, the better. Once an assignment is confirmed, reach out to your photographers to see who can confirm attendance. For bigger events, consider sending more than one.

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

The managing editor is crucial to office organization and administration. Management consists of maintaining the internal office environment and procedures of the Vanguard. Responsibilities include attending to business-related tasks, heading meetings, mediating conflicts, and attending to budget considerations.

The managing editor works closely with the editor-in-chief to ensure that the Vanguard runs smoothly. While there are some tasks (listed below) that every managing editor is responsible for, there will be differences in approach depending on the current editor-in-chief and managing editor relationship. The managing editor should have insight into areas the editor-in-chief needs help with and be willing to address those areas with confidence. The editor-in-chief might wish to personally resolve personal conflicts or request that task for the managing editor. The managing editor may act as a filter, dealing with all but the most serious issues. Be clear with one another for improved efficiency and productivity.

The position requires a time commitment of 20–25 hours per week.

• Managing editor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Receiving and approving invoices
• Tracking employment history
• Filing spending requests through OrgSync
• Attending Student Fee Committee meetings
• Working on quarterly and annual budget spreadsheets
• Working with the editor-in-chief on various projects and tasks
• Maintaining the display cases in collaboration with the production manager, editor-in-chief, and the marketing director
• Hiring and training
• Institutional memory and policy writing

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately. Two News Editor positions available.

The online editor should be up to date on current and emerging social technologies. They should know how to use these channels to most effectively connect readers to Vanguard content. The online editor also oversees current and new user accounts, online web categories, and hyperlinks and SEO considerations within online articles.

The position requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours per week.

Online editor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Familiarity with WordPress
• Web content management
• Coding
• Social media content production
• Journalism and graphic design skills
• Eagerness to lend ideas/suggestions
• Updating online article gallery
• Attending weekly staff meetings and collaborating with editorial staff on a consistent and active basis

Please see student eligibility requirements listed above for all open positions. The editor receives $1900 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately.

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.

The 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 The 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.

Have an idea for an ongoing column? Apply as a columnist and include your column pitch in the application.