The Ledger is now hiring the Editor-in-Chief for the 2012-2013 school year. Read below to find out more about the paper, the position, the skills you'll learn and more.
What is the Ledger?
The Ledger is University of Washington Tacoma's student newspaper. Funded by student fees and advertising revenue, the Ledger is student-run: That means it's produced by students for students to include the things we care about most. The paper has grown over the years: In fall 2012, the Ledger will begin publishing weekly for the first time in history.
What does the editor do?
The editor is responsible for all the daily operations of the paper. Since the Ledger is student-run, that's a big responsibility: The job includes hiring and managing a staff of about 25 paid student employees, planning content for each paper, providing oversight for section editors, managing conflicts, working with the adviser to plan trainings and much more.
While the paper is run by students, we have a part-time Student Publications Manager who works with the Ledger and Tahoma West, UWT's literary arts magazine. The Student Publications Manager handles administrative duties, including balancing the budget and paying bills. She also helps train the editor and staff over the summer on ethics, reporting, writing, newspaper style and leadership. During the year, she works closely with the editor to ensure that the staff have the resources they need to succeed.
Who can apply?
Any current UWT student who plans to attend during the full 2012-2013 school year can apply to work at the Ledger. Previous experience working at a student publication is great, but not necessary: All eligible applicants will be considered.
How is the position selected?
The 2012-2013 editor will be selected by the Ledger Hiring Committee, which consists of: the Student Publications Manager, the 2011-2012 editor, three Ledger staff members and one student-at-large. The full committee will review applications, select candidates for interview, conduct interviews and make a selection by Spring Break 2012.
All application materials and interviews will be strictly confidential.
Will I receive training?
The 2012-2013 editor will be selected in March 2012. He or she will then spend spring quarter working with the current Ledger editor to learn the role and begin hiring a staff in a paid position. In summer 2012, the editor will work closely with the Student Publications Manager to plan for the year, train the staff and get the paper up-and-running for fall. We work to ensure the candidate will receive ample training. Additional training is always available by working with the Student Publications Manager.
What does the job pay?
We are currently requesting funding through the Student Activities Fee Committee for the 2012-2013 school year and have requested funding for next year's editor to receive $13 per hour.
What's the time commitment?
Student employees are allowed to work 19.5 hours per week during the academic year and the editor routinely works that many hours.
I'd like to apply. What do I do now?
Please send a cover letter, resume and answers to the essay questions below to firstname.lastname@example.org. All application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Select candidates will be interviewed the following week and the hiring committee will announce a decision by Spring Break.
1. The Ledger Editor is responsible for making sure the newsroom is operating with the highest ethical standards. Ethical conflicts occur in the newsroom (for example, with staff members) and outside (for example, with advertisers and administrators). How will you make sure the Ledger maintains high ethical standards?
2. The Ledger Editor is responsible for recruiting new staff throughout the year, training staff, managing the budget, working with the adviser, motivating staff, managing deadlines and making sure that the Ledger gets distributed to the campus on time. Please describe your previous leadership experience and how you managed similar challenges.
3. The Ledger Editor position can require a lot of time. Please describe your ability to manage time and any other commitments you have over the next year.