We are currently hiring for the positions listed below – click the title of the job that interests you for a link to the application download. Please submit applications to Shelly Le at email@example.com. Please contact us with any questions.
(applications due Friday, Dec. 6 at midnight)
The Feature Editor is responsible for creating the concept for each week’s feature section and overseeing the process, from assigning content to the final layout check. On a practical level, the Feature Editor comes up with the concept/theme for the section each week: both content-wise and graphically, and divides the theme into articles & graphic assignments. He/she edits weekly content & provides feedback to the writers, and works in the newsroom for the majority of Wednesday night production.
The Opinion Editor is responsible for maintaining a page that allows for a multitude of voices across the Whitman community. The Opinion Editor also solicits guest columns and organizes point-counterpoints as well as occasional themed sections. Experience editing columns is recommended.
The Arts & Entertainment editor supervises a staff of three to five people, with occasional contributing writers. The A&E editor should have (or build) good relationships with people at KWCW and in the English, music, theatre and fine arts departments, and keep up to date with developments in dance, campus culture, campus bands, local cuisine, and anything else that relates to entertainment.
This position is responsible for coordinating efforts to reach out to local Walla Walla businesses as well as national advertisers through a national ad company. The Advertising Manager is the creative force and manager of all special issues geared at promoting advertising. In addition, the Advertising Manager is responsible for some accounting in reference to advertising and contracts billing.
Chief Copy Editor
The Chief Copy Editor is the last person to correct mistakes in the paper before it is printed. He/she reads all articles to correct grammar and spelling errors, ensures consistent implementation of the AP style guidelines and makes minor editorial changes.
Web Content Editor
The Web Content Editor will manage all web-only articles and blog posts; editing posts, mentoring and actively recruiting bloggers. In addition, the Web-Content Editor will also manage The Pioneer’s social media accounts and will post on these sites on a regular agreed-upon schedule. The editor may also be writing his or her own articles.
(applications due Friday, Dec. 13 at midnight)
Staff writers are typically hired to write for one specific section of The Pioneer. We are currently hiring for all sections: News; Opinion; Arts & Entertainment; Feature; Sports; and Humor. Writers are expected to contribute a minimum of one article a week, and they must be able to effectively communicate with their editor in order to maintain article deadlines. They are expected to propose and research their own story ideas.
Bloggers write weblog entries on The Pioneer’s website, based on a theme of their choice (e.g., gourmet cooking on a college student budget, music/movies/entertainment reviews, or experiences as a student athlete.) Bloggers are expected to contribute regular entries, generally once per week, and be in communication with the Web-Content Editor.
Study abroad bloggers for The Pioneer will write blog entries about their off campus experiences. They will be responsible for updating their blog a minimum of four times per month. The Web Content Editor will oversee the blogs; however, minimal changes will be made to blog entries.
Advertising associates report to the advertising manager and are responsible for securing advertising contracts and maintaining customer relationships, mainly with businesses in the community. Advertising Associates are representatives of The Pioneer to the outside community and must be personable, reliable and willing to build connections. Independence and self-motivation required; sales experience is a plus.
Production associates assist with the weekly layout process. They are responsible for placing all content on their pages, including articles, photographs, illustrations, and advertisements. They should be interested in long-term stylistic development of the paper, and invested in making The Pioneer as professional, clean, and aesthetically appealing as possible.
Pioneer photographers provide companion artwork for articles and columns. They also have the opportunity to produce freestanding photographs for both the print edition and the website, as well as videos for the website. Prior experience photographing for a publication is not necessary, and the ideal candidates will be creative, self-motivated and enthusiastic about photography.
Pioneer videographers provide video coverage of campus events, such as Mr. Whitman and the choral contest. They also have the opportunity to produce freestanding video stories, as well as promotional videos for the paper. Prior experience doing video for a publication is not necessary, and the ideal candidates will be creative, self-motivated and enthusiastic.
The Pioneer is looking for illustrators who will provide companion artwork for articles. Illustrators will also have the opportunity to provide freestanding artwork, for example comic strips or political cartoons. Illustrators do not need prior publication experience but should be highly motivated and self-sufficient. Familiarity with The Pioneer and the Whitman campus is preferable.
The Pioneer is looking for artists to provide companion artwork for articles in the form of infographics (graphs, diagrams, etc). These individuals should be comfortable working with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Experience with InDesign is also preferable. These artists will sometimes be asked to use their own creativity to come up with a suitable infographic, and other times work with Section Editors and Production Associates to create a specific image.