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Accepting applications for editor positions

Front Page 62-8Our application deadline has been extended until Nov. 13. It’s time to build your resume by working in an award-winning organization and producing product that can be used as work samples when applying for almost any position that requires communication ability.

The Spartan Echo, Norfolk State University’s nationally award-winning student newspaper, is accepting applications now for all editor positions. Editors will serve during the spring 2016 semester and may receive a performance grant for their service. Amounts vary by position and funding availability. Some work—done from home—will be necessary during the winter break to prepare for the spring semester. Please see the Spartan Echo staff page at for more information.

Students with previous professional or student media experience are strongly encouraged to apply, but previous experience is not necessary. Students from any major may apply. Applicants, however, must meet the minimum qualifications for all positions (listed below).

Applications are available online from Student Activities.  Applications will be accepted via e-mail at through Nov. 13th.

All potentially qualified applicants will be interviewed by the faculty adviser and must supply work samples at that time.  Follow-up interviews and grammar testing may apply.  Positions are awarded after the current fall semester final grades are posted.

Minimal Qualifications for All Positions

– pre-registered for 15 or more credit hours for spring 2016
– 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
– 2.0 GPA or higher for fall 2015
– agreement to adhere to journalistic standards
– ability to follow instructions and meet deadlines
– time and dedication to perform staff duties
– attendance/participation in staff meetings

Preferred Qualifications for All Positions

– previously published as a journalist
– medium-to-advanced computer literacy
– leadership experience
– ability to take photographs and email them
– WordPress experience
– Adobe Photoshop and In-Design experience
– ability to shoot and edit video

Minimal Position Qualifications

– leadership experience
– administrative experience
– student organization experience
– copy editing experience
– previously published as a journalist
– mastery of Associated Press style
– medium-to-advanced computer literacy
– WordPress experience

Online/Managing Editor:
– copy editing experience
– previously published as a journalist
– mastery of Associated Press style

Graphic Design/Layout Editor:
– Adobe In-Design and Photoshop experience
– newspaper layout/graphic design experience
– ability to recruit and supervise volunteer graphic designers

Multimedia Editor:
– photography/videography experience
– experience writing captions with accuracy and clarity
– ability to recruit and supervise volunteer photographers and

Section Editor:
– ability to gather information accurately from authoritative sources
– ability to write journalistic material in Associated Press style
– ability to edit copy according to Associated Press style
– ability to recruit and supervise volunteer reporters
– WordPress experience