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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.
All editor positions are currently filled. 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.”
Vanguard is always hiring writers and reporters for our News, International, Arts and Culture, Science and Technology and Opinion sections. We also hire copy-editors, designers and multimedia contributors. 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 PSU’s student media payment page.
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.
The role of the Managing Editor is to maintain the internal office environment and procedures of the Vanguard and requires a time commitment of 20+ 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 PSU Connect.
-Working on Quarterly and Annual spreadsheets.
-Working with the EIC on various projects and tasks.
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 $2,000 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award. Position starts immediately. Two positions are available.
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 $2,000 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
● Experience in Arts & Culture journalism
● Ability to adjust to last minute deadlines changes/event times
● Interview, hire, train, and coordinate a team of contributors
● Edit contributor articles according to house style/AP style
● Communicate consistently via email and text
● Pitch weekly articles with ideas for layout, photos, and content
● Meet deadlines
- 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 $2,000 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.
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 $2,000 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
- 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
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.
The photo editor evaluates the assignment sheet each week to determine which
events require or could use a photographer.
● Experience in photojournalism and digital photography
● Ability to meet weekly deadlines
● Have an understanding of photo composition
● Knowledge of photo editing software such as adobe and photoshop and
experience resizing photos for print and online publication
● Contextualize photos for articles/Write captions for photos
● Knowledge of issues regarding diversity and inclusion
● Attend and photograph events on campus outside of office hours
● Locate fair use photos
● Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
● Communication with contributors, Editors, and people you will be photographing
● Adaptable to changing events, articles, breaking news and deadlines
● Organizate files and assignments
● Interview, hire, and coordinate contributors
● Work well with others
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
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 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,
photography and illustration