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Student Media is open to any students, staff or faculty at Kent State. Start as early as your freshman year and get involved in any of dozens of positions across our 10 Student Media partners. Gain important experience that will set you apart from your fellow students. Come share your voice and gain practical experience to help launch your career. To get started, check out current openings below or contact Kevin Dilley, director of Student Media, at [email protected]

Student Employment Opportunities

A Magazine

For questions related to these positions, contact Hallie Saculla, A Magazine Editor at [email protected]

A Magazine - spring 2018 positions

Are you interested in how personal style plays a role in self-expression? Are you a makeup hoarder, thrifting queen, or fiend for blogging? Do you have an eye for street style, or are you a wiz in the kitchen? Let’s talk A Magazine.  Download the staff application and return completed applications to editor Hallie Saculla ([email protected]) by Friday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m. 

(The second or right-hand button is a copy test for all applicants)

Black Squirrel Radio

For questions related to these positions, contact Brooke Forrest , Black Squirrel Radio General Manager at [email protected]

BSR - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOB DESCRIPTIONS – SPRING 2018

Each director is expected to devote 5-8 hours per week to his/her role, at least five of which are to be spent at the station as designated office hours. In addition, each director must attend a weekly staff meeting as well as assist the Program Director in critiquing shows, insuring quality broadcasting. Directors will be assigned on-call shifts to assist with general problems during the semester. All directors manage teams of student volunteers and are required to promote these activities outside the station. Generally, directors encourage quality across all departments and help with fundraising, promotion and strategic planning, among other duties. Each director reports to the General Manager and must maintain constant communication with him or her.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

This director leads auditions by designing and disseminating audition forms. The Program Director also plays a large role in selecting the semester’s programming, hiring DJs, designing the overall program schedule and organizing training efforts. This director manages the station’s DJs by approving requests for in-studio guests and enforcing station rules when necessary. The Program Director works to improve Black Squirrel Radio’s on-air product through constructive criticism and show critiques, and is expected to help and encour- age DJs to develop new ideas for content. This director is also responsible for maintaining the station program logs and Talk Boo to facilitate the rotation of on-air content like commercials, PSAs and station promotions. The Program Director works closely with

all other directors in producing and delivering a quality on-air product, and is in many ways a deputy to the General Manager. This director works especially closely with the Music Director to provide and monitor new music played on-air, and also tracks and analyzes analytics data related to programming. The Program Director is also expected to work to maintain a staff of volunteers to help with programming efforts. Other duties as assigned and as the director deems necessary.

Recommendations for role:

Extensive experience working at Black Squirrel Radio required.

Current and previous holders of other director positions highly encouraged.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

This director is responsible for screening music content regularly to be added the Black Squirrel Radio databases and for developing and maintaining relationships with the local and regional music scene. The Music Director previews music sent to the station and is expected to scout and obtain new music from other sources. This director ultimately determines what music to add to the databases and edits and uploads new music at least once per week. The Music Director also contacts local artists, venues and labels to increase and maintain the amount of local music content (i.e. “Local Artist Spotlight”) on Black Squirrel Radio. This director is responsible for maintaining and creating relationships with music promoters and record labels. This director organizes and runs a weekly Music Advisory Board to generate feedback on new music and to encourage DJ and student participation in music selection, and also has the option of hiring assistants specializing in music genres underrepresented in the station databases. Other duties as assigned and as the director deems necessary.

Recommendations for role:

Familiarity with several different genres of music, especially independent music required. Knowledge of the local music scene highly recommended.

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

This director is responsible for producing all imaging for Black Squirrel Radio: station IDs, commercials, drops and promos. The director must schedule time at the beginning of the semester to accommodate promo creation for all interested on-air shows. This director must stay in contact with the Program Director and General Manager so new imagery is properly approved and subsequently added to the logs. This director will work with software such as Digital Jukebox and Adobe Audition. The production director must be creative and flexible in generating new, innovative promotional content for the station. Other duties as assigned and as the director deems

Recommendations for role:

Knowledge and experience with Adobe Audition required; Experience with Digital Jukebox and ProTools recommended. Ability to be flexible and produce quality content on short notice required.

All production director applicants must submit at least one “demo” they have produced.

TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

This director ensures all studio and station equipment is operational and in good condition. The Technology Director will assist the Web Content and Production Directors with technical duties associated with their respective positions. This director must be familiar with programs such as Wordpress, Digital Jukebox and Adobe Audition. This director is responsible for creating and maintaining training manuals and keeping the station and its equipment clean and orderly. The Technology Director is the first person DJs call if any equipment is not working properly, so this director must be easy to contact and able to work with people to solve technical problems. This director also assists the Web Content Director in maintaining the website and should have a basic understanding of web coding. Other duties as assigned and as the director deems necessary.

Recommendations for role:

General knowledge of audio equipment required.

Experience with web coding and Wordpress recommended.

Experience with audio editing software such as Adobe Audition recommended.

WEB CONTENT DIRECTOR

This director creates, produces, maintains and edits multimedia content for the website. The Web Content Director is responsible for uploading web content in a timely fashion and should have a basic understanding of web coding, as well as an excellent understanding of Wordpress and our site. This director oversees a staff of writers, photographers, videographers, copy editors and designers who pro- duce album reviews, concert news and other content for the websites representing a wide variety of artists and genres. This director is also expected to seek multimedia content, and to produce and assign video and audio projects with the help of said volunteers. The Web Content Director will also maintain podcasting efforts in producing and organizing both exclusive material and recorded content from on-air programming. This director will train all web writers on AP style and proper journalistic etiquette when necessary. The Web Content Director is also expected to maintain relationships with college radio promoters and publicists in order to ensure the station’s ability to cover major music news. This director works closely with the Technology Director and Sports Director to ensure quality and diversity.

Recommendations for role:

Experience in news writing and/or multimedia production required.

Flexibility in posting some content on short notice at irregular times preferred and encouraged. Electronic Media Production and Journalism majors strongly encouraged to apply.

SPORTS DIRECTOR

This director is responsible for producing all imaging for Black Squirrel Radio: station IDs, commercials, drops and promos. The director must schedule time at the beginning of the semester to accommodate promo creation for all interested on-air shows. This director must stay in contact with the Program Director and General Manager so new imagery is properly approved and subsequently added to the logs. This director will work with software such as Digital Jukebox and Adobe Audition. The production director must be creative and flexible in generating new, innovative promotional content for the station. Other duties as assigned and as the director deems necessary.

Recommendations for role:

Experience in sports reporting and/or sports media production required. Journalism and Electronic Media Production majors strongly encouraged to apply.

MARKETING DIRECTOR

This director is in charge of maintaining BSR’s image on campus through marketing efforts. He or she will have full control over the Black Squirrel Radio Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat. This director will make daily posts on all social networks to promote our Fall programming, our fundraisers, our events, and more. The Marketing Director will work to find interesting online content for Black Squirrel Radio’s social media pages to share. This content can include everything from web articles from outside sources, funny memes, a new music video, etc. This director will be responsible for getting flyers done in a timely manner and making flyers for any BSR member that asks with help from the Design team. The Marketing director will work closely with the Promotions and Street Team Director, Program Director, and other staff members to ensure that our social media networks are thriving with interesting promotional content.

Recommendations for role:

Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and any other graphic design experience

Experience with Social Media Sites

Marketing, VCD, Public Relations, Advertising majors encouraged to apply.

PROMOTIONS

This director maintains relationships with local venues to provide tickets for the station and actively scouts new relationships with businesses/organizations to receive giveaway items. This director will coordinate promotional events on-campus and in the community to expand the reach of the Black Squirrel Radio brand. The Promotions and Street Team Director will also scout advertising opportunities for the station to obtain for on-air and website content. This director will work closely with the Marketing Director to assist in organizing station events and fundraisers as well as heading up the street team.

Recommendations for role:

General understanding of Black Squirrel Radio and its brand required. Advertising, Marketing, Journalism, PR and VCD majors encouraged to apply.

DESIGN DIRECTOR

This director is responsible for designing marketing and promotional materials for station events and efforts, in addition to internal station communication. He or she will work closely with other departments to assist with specific marketing efforts, and delegate assignments to design coordinators. The design director is crucial in maintaining BSR’s brand standard and must understand the importance of how BSR is represented visually.

Recommendations for role:

General understanding of Black Squirrel Radio and its brand required. VCD majors encouraged to apply.

Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and any other graphic design experience.

MOBILE DJ DIRECTOR

This director is in charge of seeking opportunities for Black Squirrel Radio to DJ at on-site events on campus (dining services events, banquets, etc.) or in the community (proms, homecomings, etc). The Mobile DJ Director will transport equipment to and from said events, and be responsible for setting up and playing music. This director will also need to make sure all proper paperwork and forms are completed between BSR and the client. The Mobile DJ Director is expected to recruit a team of student volunteers who want to Recommendations for role:

Experience with the Mobile DJ team is a plus, but not required. Having a vehicle to transport equipment required.

BSR - Coordinators for spring 2018

Each coordinator is expected to devote about 1-3 hours per week to his/her role. All coordinators report to at least one director, who will be their main source of assignments and tasks. Coordinators are expected to be proactive under the general direction of their respective director(s) and will be in frequent communication with station management. All coordinators must attend a weekly staff meeting, and are encouraged to find student volunteers to assist them. Generally, coordinators support essential functions at Black Squirrel Radio and help when needed with fundraising, promotion, strategic planning and more.

MUSIC COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the Music Director by monitoring and uploading any music submissions the station database. The music coordinator may also help organize volunteer efforts in the music department, assist in planning and running the Music Advisory Board, seek new sources of music locally and nationally and screen music submitted by DJs. Other duties as assigned.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the Production Director by helping with recording show and station promos and commercials. The production coordinator may collaborate with the Program Director and Web Content Director to create topical promos for station content. Other duties

as assigned.

TECH OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the technology director by helping to maintain station equipment in good working order and monitoring the studio for any potential problems. Other duties as assigned.

ARTICLE COORDINATOR

The coordinator assists the Web Director by helping with the overall organization of website content and posting new content when necessary. The Article Coordinator also works with the Web Content Director and Program Director to develop new content for the website that reinforces the station’s brand. Other duties as assigned.

MULTIMEDIA COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the Web Content Director by helping develop, assign and edit multimedia content for the website. The Multimedia Coordinator works closely with other departments and with DJs to help plan new content that provides entertainment value to listeners. Other duties as assigned.

DESIGN COORDINATOR

This coordinator mainly helps the Design, Marketing, and Promotions Directors by assisting in efforts to create promotional materials and helping determine the station’s overall marketing message throughout the semester. The Design Coordinator may also work with other depart-

ments’ promotional needs. Other duties as assigned.

PODCAST COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the station’s podcasting efforts. The Podcasting Coordinator may be asked to edit recorded on-air content for replay on the website or to help plan and organize exclusive audio content involving DJs or other student volunteers. Other duties as assigned.

PROMOTIONS/MARKETING COORDINATOR

This coordinator assists the Promotions and Marketing Directors. The promo/marketing coordinator helps keep DJs informed and interested in station events. This coordinator should be enthusiastic and have fun, innovative ideas to get DJs involved. Tasks will include making banners for events, encouraging DJ involvement, helping with social media efforts, and event planning. This coordinator should also help think of interesting fundraiser ideas. Other duties as assigned.

MOBILE DJ COORDINATOR

This coordinator mainly helps the Mobile DJ Director in compiling playlists for Mobile DJ events and helps with executing the events. The Mobile DJ Coordinator may also assist in creating promotional material for Mobile DJ services as well as following up with clients. Other duties

as assigned.

The Burr

For questions related to these positions, contact Kelly Powell, Burr Editor at [email protected]

The Burr - Spring 2018 staff positions

Download the application to learn about and apply for openings for the spring 2018 Burr Staff. 

The Kent Stater

For questions related to these positions, contact Lydia Taylor, Kent Stater Editor at [email protected]

Kent Stater/KentWired - Spring 2018 staff positions

Download the application to learn about openings at The Kent Stater and their website, KentWired for spring 2018. All applicants for an editorial position must take a copy editing test (second application button). 

KentWired

For questions related to these positions, contact Lydia Taylor, Kent Stater Editor at [email protected]

For questions related to these positions, contact Anna Huntsman, TV2 General Manager at [email protected]

Kent Stater/KentWired - Spring 2018 staff positions

Download the application to learn about openings at The Kent Stater and their website, KentWired for spring 2018. All applicants for an editorial position must take a copy editing test (second application button). 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I become a student media leader?

Leaders of each Student Media partner are selected by the Student Media Board in the fall and spring of each year for the following semester or semesters. To be considered, you must be must have at least a verified cumulative 2.25 Grade Point Average at the time of application and maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and be in good standing with the University during your term as leader.  To be a compensated student leader, you must be enrolled in a minimum of eight credit hours as an undergraduate student and a minimum of six as a graduate student during their term. You do not need to be majors enrolled in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Candidates applying for leadership positions in the JMC-co-curricular units must have related experience to be considered an applicant.

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Can I get paid while working for Student Media?

Yes. Student Media offers hundreds of paid positions each semester across our 10 Student Media partners. Contact us for more information.

Can I study abroad and still be involved in Student Media?

Yes. Student Media supports students who opt for a semester abroad. Sometimes this can fit into a media outlet's content plan for that semester. Also, studying abroad will not affect your ability to continue on a path to a leadership position, if you so choose.

Who makes the hiring decisions for Student Media?

It depends on the position you are seeking:

  • Top leaders for each media partner are selected by the Student Media Board
  • Staff members within each media partner are selected by the student leader in consultation with the adviser
  • Staff members in the Student Media office are selected by the professional staff.
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How many hours can I work?

That depends on your position and the needs of your outlet. You should talk with your student leader and adviser about the specific needs of each position. If you are in a paid position, you cannot work more than 28 hours each week.  

If I don't see a position I like, can I still work in Student Media?

Probably, let's talk.  Student Media is growing and changing as rapidly as the professional fields we strive to emulate. So, if a position doesn't exist (and it's generally within the wheelhouse of media and communications), let's talk and figure out how to make it happen. 

Can I earn academic credit for my work in Student Media?

Consult with your academic adviser to see if this is allowed through your program. Some schools allow this and others don't.  Student Media cooperates with the various academic units on campus. 

How long does my employment last once I'm hired in Student Media?

Employment length varies from individual to individual and is decided by the the media partner student leader.  Most last until the end of the semester, but other arrangements are possible.  Please talk with the student leader for the media partner with which you work or for which you are interested in working. Student leaders have the responsibility to remove staff members who are not performing well and/or are not following rules and regulations of Student Media.  

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Do I have to reapply for a job in Student Media every semester?

This depends on your job and the media parter for which you work.  If your work for a media partner where a new editor is elected each semester, you'll likely have to reapply.  Some partners have student leaders elected for an entire academic year. It's possible that this leader will hire positions for the whole year. This is their decision.

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Can I work for more than one outlet at the same time during a semester?

Yes. The university limits your paid hours to 28 hours per week in total for all university jobs for which you are paid.  

Can I volunteer at a Student Media publication?

Yes. Some jobs are paid, others are volunteer or on a contributor basis. Check with the student leader for each organization to see what opportunities exist at the moment for that media partner. 

Who has editorial control over content?

Student editors and student managers have sole authority to determine content for the media they lead and in turn take full responsibility for the content decisions made.

Calendar & Events

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Career Expo '18

Calling all CCI sophomores through graduate students majoring in the College of Communication and Information! Don't miss the Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom. The Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon with personal interviews possible from 1 to 3 p.m. Students can register at https://www.kent.edu/cci/careerexpo

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