Are you a VIU student who wants to be closely connected to your community? Maybe you’re wondering what more the university environment can offer you and what you can contribute to it.
The Navigator Student Press is looking for journalists and creatives who want to inform themselves and their peers through storytelling. If you strive to meet deadlines and have taken CREW 100 Introduction to Journalism or a relevant media studies course, then one of The Nav’s upcoming positions might be for you.
Below is a list of positions that are available at The Nav for the 2022-2023 production year. If you’re interested and think you’re a good fit for a position, send an email mentioning which position you’re applying for along with a resume and your best journalism-related writing sample to <email@example.com>. Acceptable writing samples are feature articles or shorter newspaper reportage, such as arts previews or standard general news pieces. Samples can be former coursework that was used for credit for a VIU course. Preference will be given to English or Creative Writing majors for written-word editorial positions. However, all are welcome to apply.
Training will be provided for those that are unfamiliar with WordPress, our online platform. All positions include two mandatory work sessions each month for magazine production and a story pitch meeting, the former being an all-day shift on the first Sunday of every month in production.
Associate Managing Editor
The Associate Managing Editor is the main support for the Managing Editor in managing The Nav’s staff. Smooth communication with the staff and the Managing Editor is a must. The Associate is also responsible for producing one feature-length piece for each of the six online issues of The Nav. This position is an opportunity to improve management and communication skills, though the primary focus remains telling engaging stories.
The News Editor must produce one feature-length article for each of the six online issues of The Nav. In addition, the News Editor is responsible for producing, at minimum, one news piece per week exclusively for The Nav’s website. In short, one weekly piece, one monthly feature. All features must pertain to the editor’s respective section, however weekly pieces may vary, with preference given to the editor’s section. This position is right for a person who loves cold, hard facts, and can produce unbiased reporting.
The Sports Editor must produce one feature-length article for each of the six online issues of The Nav. In addition, the Sports Editor is responsible for producing, at minimum, one news piece per week exclusively for The Nav’s website. In short, one weekly piece, one monthly feature. All features must pertain to the editor’s respective section, however weekly pieces may vary, with preference given to the editor’s section. If you’re passionate about all things Mariners and have an understanding of sports jargon, this position is for you.
The copy editor is responsible for keeping The Nav in tip-top shape and is a vital role within the team. Those interested in this position should have a keen eye for grammar, punctuation, tone, and tense. The copy editor should be able to both line edit and offer substantive editing suggestions. They must become comfortable with The Nav’s style guide, which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style. It is the copy editor’s job to scrutinize every single word of The Nav— grammar lovers, please apply.
A new position at The Nav, the Audio Editor must produce one feature-length audio news piece/podcast (~ 10 minutes) for each of the six online issues of The Nav. Pieces will be released on podcast platforms in addition to The Nav website. The audio section will bring real-world voices from the community directly to listeners’ ears, with the Audio Editor creating compelling narratives through editing, narration, and interviews. This position is ideal for those who always have a podcast on the go and have a passion for creating one of their own.
Each of The Nav’s Videographers must produce one feature-length video (~ 5 minutes) for each of the six online issues of The Nav. Videographers are also responsible for producing, at minimum, one additional shorter-length video (1-2 minutes) per month. Simply, one feature-length video and one shorter-length video per month. This position is for those with a love of filmmaking and telling news stories in visually interesting ways.
Social Media Manager
The Nav’s Social Media Manager is responsible for sharing articles with our online readership and boosting The Nav’s social media presence overall. An understanding of traditional media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) and social media analytics is necessary. The Social Media Manager is expected to work with editors, illustrators and management to create engaging social content that is consistent in The Nav’s tone. A comprehension of WordPress and coding is an asset we’re looking for. The ability to produce written content for social media posts is an asset.
Illustrators are responsible for working alongside editors to produce a minimum of one illustration per month to accompany a feature length piece on The Nav website. It is expected that illustrators and editors remain in contact throughout the production of their pieces to maintain consistent theme and tone. Preference will be given to students in the graphic design or arts programs. To apply, email a resume and portfolio to <firstname.lastname@example.org.>
The Marketing Manager is responsible for increasing awareness of The Nav, expanding its audience, and strengthening ties with existing viewers as well as peers within the journalism community. Communication is key for this position as the Marketing Manager will be expected to work with the Social Media Manager and Managing Editor in deciding marketing strategies and direction. If you are a marketing or business student with aspirations of growing a publication, please apply.
The Website Designer’s role is to manage the overall visual style of the brand, to keep it consistent, and to update it when necessary across all mediums. The Website Designer is also responsible for taking creative leads for new designs when needed and is the main communication liaison with website designer HeyNova for design updates.
Please send all applications to <email@example.com.> along with any questions you may have about The Nav or the available positions. Application deadline: August 4, 2022.