The Cord Hiring 2019-2020

Laurier’s official, student-run newspaper, The Cord, is currently looking to hire students for editorial board and senior staff positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you’re interested in student journalism, photography, graphic design, or student media, and want to make next year The Cord‘s best yet, make sure you get involved!

*The application process is currently ongoing: for each position, please submit a resume and platform to editor@thecord.ca specifying which position(s) you are applying for.


NOW HIRING: PHOTO EDITORS

Photo Editors are expected to have diverse knowledge in photography, equipment, and editing software. They must exhibit creativity in many fields (i.e. sports, events, staged photography, etc.). They must train and manage a team of qualified volunteers, so management skills are important. They must also:

    • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers
    • Contribute a minimum of one editorial per year
    • Oversee both Lead Photographers and ensure they are contributing weekly
    • Attend weekly Editorial Board meetings
    • Receive photo requests from Cord section editors
    • Hold weekly photography meetings with volunteers to distribute requests
    • Provide feedback to volunteers every week
    • Take any requests that volunteers or Lead Photographers cannot
    • Assist in Cord production, specifically with editing photos for print and web
    • Ensure online photo albums are consistently updated
    • Ensure consistent communication with the section editors and EIC about photos
    • Contribute a photo of the week when a photo is exemplary
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Photo Editors are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are required to provide any two (2) relevant pieces of sample work.


NOW HIRING: SPORTS EDITOR

The Sports Editor is expected to have a thorough knowledge of their field, present strong time management skills, and exhibit comfort in conducting interviews. They must be organized and diligent in ensuring their work is factually correct. They also must:

    • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers
    • Contribute a minimum of one editorial per year
    • Be consistently up-to-date with the issues, concerns and events occurring within the respective field of coverage
    • Attend Laurier Football games and events, and write brief summaries for them
    • Develop content ideas for the section and submit them to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline
    • Hold weekly section meetings with volunteers and distribute content ensuring everything is covered
    • Provide feedback to volunteers weekly
    • Cover stories that aren’t taken by volunteers
    • When necessary, travel for provincial and national championships
    • Receive stories from volunteers, edit their structure, content and Canadian Press (CP) Style
    • Submit all stories to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline, unless otherwise negotiated
    • Place visual requests for all stories
    • Collaborate with the Creative Director to lay out their section
    • Contribute no less than two video ideas per month; plan and execute them with the help of the Video Editor and Creative Director
    • Dedicate equal time to planning and executing web-exclusive content and visuals
    • Manage The Cord Sports twitter account
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Sports Editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner
    • Attend Editorial Board Meetings once a week

*Applicants are not required to, but are encouraged to provide relevant pieces of sample work to assess writing capabilities.


NOW HIRING: VIDEO EDITOR


The Video Editor must have knowledge of using camera equipment and editing software and should be enthusiastic to broaden that knowledge. They must exhibit creativity in their filming and recognize the difference between more arts-based stories compared to news-based. They must also train and manage a set group of volunteers, so team management skills and communication is vital to this role. They also must:

    • Receive video requests from the Web Director, EIC or section editors
    • Expected to cover on average two videos per week with the support of the Web Director and their volunteers
    • Film, edit and upload The Cord Weekly Update every week
    • Collaborate with the Web Director and section editors to cover stories and use the editor or writer as a resource and “reporter”
    • Collaborate with editors to ensure videos exhibit the appropriate tone and information for the story
    • Edit videos using Final Cut Pro for their volunteers and section editors who shoot their own footage
    • Train video volunteers to help in the editing process and filming of events to get multiple angles
    • Provide feedback to volunteers weekly
    • Create video graphics using flash building software
    • Collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief to build a video idea bank
    • Attend every Editorial Board meeting and be involved in the editorial process
    • Contribute at least one editorial per year
    • Manage The Cord’s YouTube channel
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or WLUSP, the Video Editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

Applicants are required to provide any two (2) relevant pieces of sample work.

NOW HIRING: FUNDRAISING & EVENTS COORDINATOR

The Events and Fundraising Coordinator requires good time management skills and the ability to work with a team. Candidates for this position must convey an understanding of how The Cord operates and also have experience in event planning and/or fundraising strategy. They must also:

    • Work in collaboration with volunteers and the Editor-in-Chief to organize and execute ideas
    • Send out recruitment emails a minimum of 2x per semester
    • Actively plan a minimum of 2-3 fundraising ideas per month
    • Connect with local businesses for fundraising and event opportunities
    • Engage students around campus with flyers and posters designed in collaboration with the visual team
    • Hold a booth in the Concourse a minimum of 1x per month
    • Attend All-Cord meetings
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Fundraising and Events Coordinator is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are not required to, but are encouraged to provide relevant pieces of sample work to assess writing capabilities.


NOW HIRING: LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

The Lead Photographer will not have as much of a workload as the Photo Editor, however, they will still be relied upon for multiple photos every week. Whoever fills the position will need to be available to cover stories on both a planned and last minute basis. They will need to demonstrate strong communication skills. They must also:

    • Receive photo assignments from the Photo Editor
    • Have existing knowledge of photography and editing
    • Have knowledge of multiple areas of photography (i.e. sports, speakers, staged photos, concerts, etc.)
    • Contribute at least three photo requests each week
    • Edit own photos for online and print; assist the Photo Editor in editing any other photos
    • Be responsible for taking the photos for “Vocal Cord” with the Lead Reporter or volunteer weekly
    • Be responsible for putting up the online photo galleries on Wednesday mornings
    • Be available to cover stories during production
    • Attend All-Cord meetings
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Lead Photographer is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are required to provide any two (2) relevant pieces of sample work.


NOW HIRING: LEAD SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER

The Lead Sports Photographer will not have as much of a workload as the Photo Editor, however, they will still be relied upon for multiple photos every week. Whoever fills the position will need to be available to cover sports games on both a planned and last-minute basis. They will need to demonstrate strong communication skills. They must also:

    • Receive photo assignments from the Photo Editor
    • Have existing knowledge of photography and editing
    • Have knowledge of multiple areas of photography (i.e. sports, speakers, staged photos, concerts, etc.)
    • Contribute to all sports photo requests each week
    • Be responsible for taking the photos for Laurier home games and, when necessary, away games, on a weekly basis
    • Edit own photos for online and print; assist the Photo Editor in editing any other photos
    • Be available to cover stories during production
    • Attend All-Cord meetings
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Lead Sports Photographer is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are required to provide any two (2) relevant pieces of sample work.


NOW HIRING: LEAD REPORTER

The Lead Reporter is required to exhibit strong writing skills in news. They should be able to write multiple stories within one to two days, and thus are required to have good time management, confidence in interviewing and diligence to ensure their work is factually correct. Due to the nature of the sections, it is preferable that the Lead Reporter is able to work comfortably in high-stress situations. They must also:

    • Cover last-minute stories for the respective section editor
    • Assist in coverage during special events, such as elections
    • Contribute at least two stories each week
    • Be responsible for the “Vocal Cord” each week alongside a Lead Photographer
    • Utilize social media, such as Twitter, in their coverage
    • Attend All-Cord meetings
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Lead Reporter is
      expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are expected to provide two (2) sample pieces of writing that are, preferably, news-related.


NOW HIRING: GRAPHICS/VISUAL DESIGNERS

Graphics/Visual Designers are required to show creativity and talent in producing illustrations, graphics and infographics to complement coverage in The Cord. They must show a strong sense of time management, communication and commitment to deadlines. They also must:

    • Receive graphics/visual requests from the Graphics Editor, collaborate with the Graphics Editor and, when necessary, Creative Director, to come up with ideas for conveying an appropriate image or concept
    • Contribute a graphic/visual to at least one story each week
    • Produce at least one editorial cartoon per term, to be illustrated on a Monday or Tuesday evening
    • Collaborate with the Graphics Editor, Creative Director, Web Director, Online Editor and other section editors, when necessary, to produce online-exclusive graphics and infographics
    • When using social media in regards to The Cord or Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), the Graphics/Visual Designers are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner

*Applicants are required to provide any two (2) relevant pieces of sample work.


These roles give you the opportunity to grow your professional skills and challenge yourself in an environment focused on growth and development by creating high-quality products that are enjoyed by the Laurier and Kitchener-Waterloo community. They provide a great opportunity to build experience in media, student journalism and creative fields, and allow you the chance to be apart of one of the most inclusive, friendly, and fun organizations on the Laurier campus. In the case of performance that exceeds expectations, these positions are also financially compensated by means of an honorarium on a per-term basis.

If this sounds like the type of volunteer position you’d like to contribute to, please send an email to editor@thecord.ca with the following requirements:

    • Subject line “The Cord Application: [Insert Position Title]”
    • A resume (.pdf is preferred) detailing experience relevant to the position
    • A brief cover letter regarding your interest in the position and what you feel you could bring to the publication

Thank you for your interest in joining The Cord‘s team! As applications are on an ongoing basis, and due to the high number of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted for a follow-up interview.

For more information, visit https://thecord.ca/volunteer/ and https://thecord.ca/hiring/.