Position: The Community Edition Editorial Assistant
Reports to: The Community Edition Editor-in-Chief
Supervises: The Community Edition Writers
Term of office: Ongoing, start date TBD
Hours: Part-Time Salaried, 15 hours per week
Hired by the WLUSP Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Community Edition, the Editorial Assistant is responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief with production of the Community Edition on a monthly basis and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Editorial Assistant oversees and supervises staff and volunteers and assists with the editing process of all submitted articles.
This position requires the individual to be self-motivated, reliable, communicative and respectful of deadlines. Candidates for this position must convey an understanding of how the Community Edition operates, have an interest in gaining experience in the industry of journalism, and work to become proficient in the writing and aesthetic style of the newspaper.
It is highly recommended that the Editorial Assistant also be an active member of the community, and should be willing and able to form and cultivate relationships with other members of the community (including, but not limited to, those who are the subject of or interviewed for written pieces). Podcast or audio production experience would be an asset.
Finally, the Editorial Assistant is expected to assist in contributing to the overall design of the newspaper by collaborating and planning with the Editor-in-Chief on a monthly basis. Due to the nature of newspaper production, candidates should expect their labour hours to be more concentrated and varying during the production period.
- Write a minimum of one article a week, including transcribed interviews
- Assist the Editor-in-Chief with volunteer recruitment and management;
- Write a minimum of three features per year;
- Work closely with the EIC to identify areas of improvement and monitor points of growth;
- Shadow the EIC and assist with page layouts when applicable;
- Attend regular meetings and contribute when necessary;
- Collaborate with writers, staff, contributors, and the EIC to develop ideas for stories and layouts;
- Actively work with the EIC to develop engaging online content;
- Develop an understanding for website analytics and participate in discussions about how to increase the Community Edition’s online engagement;
- Contribute ideas for department socials and help plan them when required;
- Assist with social media coverage when needed;
- Completion of work remotely, or attendance to virtual meetings, when in-office work is not possible
- When using social media in regards to the Community Edition or WLUSP, the staff member is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner
If you would like to apply for this position, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following requirements:
- Subject line “The Community Edition Application: Editorial Assistant”
- Resume (1 page, PDF)
- Cover Letter (1-2 pages, PDF)
Applications for this position will be due on Monday, September 13 at 11:59 p.m. We appreciate and will review all applications, but please note that only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.*
Upon applying for the position, if successful, you will be contacted by Harleen Kaur Dhillon, Editor-in-Chief of the Community Edition, to set an interview date/time.
*Applicants who apply before Monday, September 13 at 11:59 p.m. will be considered before those who apply after the deadline.
Accessibility & Accommodations:
WLUSP is committed to preserving an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. As an organization, we respect and uphold the requirements set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005). We welcome and encourage applications from people of all abilities.
Unfortunately, our offices contain inaccessible infrastructure such as stairs; however, accommodations will be made whenever reasonably possible. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants. Please email email@example.com or call 226-606-7540 if you require accommodations during the hiring process.