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Expectations and duties of editorial staff positions

In addition to duties listed, each applicant must have a professional attitude, work well under pressure and work well with others. Must be dedicated to The Daily Mississippian’s daily operation. Knowledge of grammar and AP style is required for each editor. The duties of each position may be be changed, added to, shortened and/or arranged as the year progresses.

Download an application here and submit it via email to dmmanaging@gmail.com

 

Positions Available 

 

News Editor:

The news editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having three to four stories a day covering campus and city events
  • Write at least one news article a week
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the news pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Manage and guide a staff of news writers, mentoring them in a positive manner
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned, update weekly newsroom budget
  • Editor must communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section
  • Check and keep the news Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, responses to readers, etc.
  • Must consider which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Train assistant news editor in managing the section and the news desk’s specific system

 

Assistant News Editor:

The assistant news editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with the news editor to compile three to four stories a day covering campus and city events
  • Write at least two news articles a week
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly news budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Be prepared to cover breaking news events on days working in the newsroom
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system each day, communicate with photo staff to coordinate coverage
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Help organize weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of news editor if current news editor is absent

Sports Editor:

The sports editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having three stories a day, updating weekly newsroom budget
  • Write at least one article a week
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Maintain and schedule writers to cover the various Ole Miss sporting events, press conferences and other sports media opportunities
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the sports pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend games or other events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Maintain a relationship with Ole Miss Sports Information, coordinate credentials and press passes for sports media events
  • Must consider which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued
  • Editor must communicate effectively with editors within and outside of his or her section
  • Check and keep the sports Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, responses to readers, etc.
  • Train assistant sports editor in managing the section

 

Assistant Sports Editor:

The assistant sports editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with the sports editor to compile three to four stories a day covering UM athletics
  • Write at least two articles a week, including coverage of a game or other media event
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly sports budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system, communicate with photographers to coordinate coverage
  • Maintain the sports desk’s up-to-date calendar of Ole Miss sporting events
  • Edit sports copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional sports writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events (press conferences, games, etc.), which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of sports editor if current sports editor is absent

 

Opinion Editor:

The opinion editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having at least seven columns each week, with one or two for each day
  • Write at least two columns every month
  • Must stay in the newsroom until the opinion pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Assign stories to columnists weekly and coach writers in better forming arguments and structuring their stories
  • Responsible for coordinating with cartoon staff to provide a cartoon each day
  • Responsible for hiring a staff of ideologically diverse and critically minded columnists
  • Must ensure the columns in The DM are of wide-ranging nature and contain no personal attacks on any persons, organizations or companies
  • Must ensure columns in The DM are of relevance to Ole Miss students and often respond to current campus events
  • Assign weekly deadlines for writers and ensure that those deadlines are met
  • Manage the letter to the editor email account and respond to emails there as LTEs
  • Check and keep the opinion Twitter account fresh with information about relevant events, responses to readers, etc.
  • Editor must communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section

Lifestyles Editor:

The lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having at least three to four articles a day
  • Write at least one article a week
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the lifestyles pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Responsible for assigning lifestyles articles and deadlines to writers
  • Assemble and manage a staff of writers
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories assigned
  • Must consider which stories warrant new photos and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside of his or her section, including submitting photo requests
  • Train assistant lifestyles editor in managing the section
  • Check and keep the lifestyles Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story upstates, etc.

 

Assistant Lifestyles Editor:

The assistant lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with the lifestyles editor to compile three to four stories a day
  • Write at least two lifestyles articles a week
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly lifestyles budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system
  • Edit lifestyles copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional lifestyles writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with writers in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of lifestyles editor if current editor is absent

 

Copy Chief:

Copy chief must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Fact check each article, caption, headline, etc. for names, organization titles, dates, figures and mathematical correctness
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure and completeness
  • Copy chief does not leave the newsroom until all articles have been edited and placed and all printed pages have been proofed
  • Manage, schedule and mentor a team of copy editors, holding meetings when required
  • Communicate effectively with other editors about story content and recurring trends
  • Copy chief will create a list of commonly missed errors caught by the editor-in-chief, the managing editor and The Daily Mississippian faculty adviser each week to return to copy editors to improve the overall quality of the newspaper
  • Will hold weekly meetings with section editors to review egregious or repeated errors from the week before and relay questions from the copy staff
  • Communicate with online staff to edit necessary social media content and the newsletter
  • Identify strong copy staff members to assist with special editions or step in when absent

Copy staff:

  • Copy editors must work from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for two days a week editing articles, columns and other material for The DM
  • Copy editors must have extensive knowledge of AP style and grammar
  • Must suggest changes to copy that would improve clarity, structure or overall quality
  • Must keep weekly notes on recurring errors in stories and other trends within sections that need improvement
  • Alert copy chief when a story presents an error worth immediate attention
  • Must have minimal knowledge of WordPress and Google Drive applications
  • Assist in editing online content on days working in the newsroom

 

Photography Editor:

Photography editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for providing art for all articles each day of publication and videos for online
  • Capture at least one feature photo or video each week with an accompanying deep cut
  • Write or provide staff photographers’ info and captions for all photos taken for The DM
  • Photography editor stays in the newsroom until all photos, captions and illustrations for each day’s publication are proofed
  • Hire and manage a team of photographers and videographers, mentor them positively
  • Hold weekly meetings where assignments are given and photos are reviewed/critiqued
  • Photo staff must compile at least two photo galleries for online publication each week
    • At least one wrap-up of the week on campus and one event coverage gallery
  • Create visual content unique to both print and online, mindful of photos’ online layout
  • Maintain newsroom budget to an accurate schedule, keep staff accountable, communicate with other editors in order to have all the art for each day
  • Utilize system of obtaining each section’s requests for photo assignments
  • Have knowledge of Photoshop
  • Skills in making graphics and photo illustrations is not required but encouraged
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside his or her section
  • Provide specific photos to online staff for social media usage
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit photos or videos when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage

 

Assistant Photography/Multimedia Editor:

The assistant photography/multimedia editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with photography editor to compile photos or video for everything being published
  • Cover at least two photo or video assignments a week
  • Attend budget, help edit photos, stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Maintain a system for receiving photo and video coverage requests from each desk and updating the newsroom’s weekly budget
  • Manage the desk’s weekly multimedia calendar
  • Communicate with photography staff to find feature photo ideas and assign coverage
  • Edit photos and captions for content, composition, structure, etc.
  • Provide online and social media staff with photos unique from print to post online
  • Recruit photographers and videographers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with photographers in which photos/captions are critiqued and coverage assignments are given
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of photography editor if current editor is absent

 

Layout and Design Editor:

At least one layout design editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for the design and layout of The Daily Mississippian every day
  • Responsible for being in the newsroom until pages have been finalized by the editor-in-chief and sent to the printer
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe InDesign is required
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is preferred
  • Must adhere to the design standards of the paper, though creativity is encouraged
  • Balance schedule with other design editor to evenly work each week
  • Responsible for creating graphics in advance and communicating with the various section editors to get information needed for graphics
  • Communicate with section editors to prepare stories requiring special designs or layouts
  • Train assistant layout and design editor in the desk’s responsibilities
  • Work with online staff to create unique and effective designs for online content
  • Communicate with photo staff to decide photo layout and available space

 

Assistant Layout and Design Editor:

The assistant layout and design editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget two days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with design editor to create layouts and necessary graphics for publication
  • Produce graphics and illustrations for individual stories
  • Attend budget, edit graphics and stay until pages are designed at least two days a week
  • Maintain a system similar to budget for graphic design requests from each desk
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of design editor if current editor is absent
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

 

Online Editor:

The online editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget two days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend daily budget meetings to coordinate online content that complements or improves the quality of existing or upcoming articles
  • Manage the online staff in improving The DM’s social media and other online presence
  • Plan special online content and campaigns
  • Responsible for maintaining production and proofing of each day’s “The DM Morning Brief” email newsletter each day of publication after articles are finalized
    • Insert headlines, photos, slugs, links into email before the Morning Brief is sent
    • Communicate with managing editor and editor-in-chief on which stories warrant Morning Brief placement and which warrant accompanying art
  • Finalize articles online, including SEO optimization as well as linking to previous DM stories and exterior sources relevant to each article
    • Check that each story includes the correct byline, post schedule, photo and tags
  • Link to relevant NewsWatch, Rebel Radio and other multimedia through the DM website
  • Meet with section editors to discuss how content can be better organized for online
  • Assist editors with formatting stories for online and pairing content with print stories
  • Extensive knowledge of WordPress
  • Be able to learn new online concepts and skills quickly
  • Be on call to manage online presence on relevant weekends and during breaking news
  • Train assistant online editor in achieving section’s goals for The DM’s online presence

 

Assistant Online Editor:

The assistant online editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend three budget meetings each week
  • Work with online editor to coordinate online content that complements or improves the quality of existing or upcoming articles
  • Help produce an email newsletter each day of publication after articles are finalized
    • Note analytics for “The DM Morning Brief (subscriber changes, open rates, etc.)
  • Publish finished articles online, including proper SEO optimization as well as linking to previous DM stories and exterior sources relevant to each article
  • Meet with section editors to identify potential online-specific content and draft online versions of stories when necessary
  • Extensive knowledge of WordPress
  • Be able to learn new online concepts and skills quickly
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of online editor if current editor is absent

 

Social Media Editor:

The social media editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend daily budget meetings and stay in the office to work with each desk until social media concerns and requests are covered
  • Analyze newsroom budget to pick up on social media opportunities
  • Maintain budget of upcoming social media campaigns, events to be potentially livestreamed and social media goals
  • Report to the online editor regarding social media plans, concerns or updates
  • Publish stories to Facebook each day with unique teasers and links if necessary
  • Responsible for working with editors to regularly post quality content (outside of published stories) on DM Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts
    • Use social media to promote DM content we can not physically publish in print
  • Plan social media for big events, including but not limited to hashtags for the staff to use and promote during coverage, plan for what to post and when during the event
    • Do we want to publish photos to Facebook ahead of time? Do we live tweet?
  • Regularly monitor social media accounts for comments and messages
  • Be on call to manage social media during breaking news
  • Work on improving The DM’s online presence, including outlining weekly/monthly goals and monitoring changes in followers, readership and interaction
  • Provide analytics reports at daily budget meetings
  • Define and keep track of weekly social media goals
  • Keep content uniform, accurate and engaging across all DM social media

Download an application here and submit it via email to dmeditor@gmail.com