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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

The Burr

For questions related to these positions, contact Holly Liptak, Burr Editor at [email protected]

Hiring - Burr Staff Fall 2021

The Burr Magazine is Kent State’s first student magazine, made by the students for the students. The Burr is an award-winning magazine that explores big issues and burning ideas, as well as fascinating people and the consuming preoccupations of its college audience.

TO APPLY:

o Type all responses directly into the attached word document.

o Email this document with the subject: LASTNAME_DESIRED POSITION as

an attachment to Holly Liptak, Burr editor, at [email protected]

o Applications are due: Saturday, July 17, 2021

Positions Available:

Managing Editor: Assists the editor-in-chief with running the magazine. Must be able to attend all meetings, edit all stories and design layouts and coordinate events and access the progress of all departments and staffers. The managing editor will step in where more management help is needed, possibly with podcasts this semester. The managing editor will also contribute to the Burr’s website and the print issue. Applicants should be versatile, organized and reliable. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Art Director: Helps with producing attractive content for the website and the print issue. Will manage illustrators and work with the Photo Editor in creating visuals for content going online and in print. Responsible for producing an attractive magazine. Creates a cohesive template for other designers to follow and must be proficient in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Applicants should be organized and reliable. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Assistant Art Director: Works closely with the Art Director and Photo Editor, must be proficient in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and assists the Art Director and Photo Editor with managing the creative staff. Applicants should be organized and reliable. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously.

Photo Editor: The magazine’s lead photographer. Manages the photo staff and coordinates with most editors. Applicants should be reliable, proficient in Adobe Photoshop and will be responsible for editing all photographs that appear on the web and in the print issue. Must also know or be trained in using the photo studio. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Senior Editor for Writers: Directly manage all writers, ensuring that deadlines are met, applicants should be highly skilled writers and copy editors, senior editors must make at least one major contribution to the Burr’s website. Applicants should be organized, reliable and independent. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Senior Editor for Bloggers: Directly manage all bloggers, ensuring that deadlines are met, applicants should be highly skilled writers and copy editors, senior editors must make at least one major contribution to the Burr’s website. Applicants should be organized, reliable and independent. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Copy Desk Chief: Manages all copy editors. Responsible for ensuring the magazine and its website are without factual and grammatical errors. Must be a skilled writer and well-versed in AP style. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Web Editor: Responsible for overseeing all web-exclusive content. This includes working closely with the photo and senior editors. Applicants must be organized, independent and have a serious interest in innovative multimedia technologies, including video, slideshows and podcasts, as well as interactive content, such as surveys and quizzes. WordPress and general web knowledge preferred. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Promotions Director: Responsible for overseeing social media promotions assistant. Applicants must have a thorough understanding of how to best utilize social media in a news content – this includes familiarity with headline writing. Must be enthusiastic, ambitious and an expert on all Burr content. Must also help coordinate issue launch parties, fundraising and relevance on social media. Business/Marketing/PR experience is a plus. This position is a major time commitment and must be taken seriously. Must be able to attend weekly meetings with the rest of the editorial board.

Social Media Promotions Assistant: Responsible for helping with The Burr’s social media accounts and pushing content online. Must work on growing the Burr’s social media presence, through engaging posts and keeping the social media posts updated throughout the semester.

Writer: Responsible for producing stories to be posted on the Burr’s website and in the print issue. Should have some knowledge in AP style.

Blogger: Generates bi-weekly content for theburr.com on particular topic areas. Should have some knowledge in AP style.

Copy Editor: Responsible for copy editing any materials assigned by the copy desk chief, from names and majors to Burr and AP Style. Expected to be a diligent fact checker and well-versed in AP style.

Photographer: Takes photo assignments from the photo editor for theburr.com and for the print issue. Applicants should be reliable and may assist the photo editor in editing photos and must write captions for all photos submitted.

Videographer: Produces and edits videos, podcasts and/or audio-photo slideshows for theburr.com, applicants should be reliable and independent. Must be proficient in a major editing software (Premiere, Final Cut Pro). Will be expected to generate material throughout the semester.

Illustrator: Produces web illustrations and illustrations for the print issue.Will coordinate with the art director and adhere to his or her vision, should be skilled at free-hand drawing and should also be well-versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Designer: Takes assignments from the art director. Designs two to three spreads for the print issue and must be well-versed in Adobe InDesign

Podcast host: Will host a bi or tri-weekly podcast on a topic of their approved choice. Should have knowledge in audio editing and be able to work in a fairly hands-off environment.

Luna Negra

For questions related to these positions, contact Olivia Wachtel, Luna Negra Editor at [email protected]

Luna Negra staff application

Luna Negra is Kent State’s literary arts journal. We strive to provide a creative outlet for the Kent State community, where we hope students will find artistic acceptance and inspiration. In order to keep serving the Kent community, Luna needs a strong team of staff members. If you are passionate about publishing, literature, and art, please consider applying to one of our open positions. Applications are due by July 18. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Olivia Wachtel at [email protected]

SM Advertising & Marketing

For questions related to these positions, contact Jenna Gobrecht , Student Media Sales Manager at [email protected]

Assistant to the Director of Student Media

Student Media is seeking a top-level graduate student to assist the Director of Student Media in a range of tasks during the fall and spring semesters. If you thrive while working with people in a fast-paced, fun, challenging and innovative media work environment, you should apply. Our next assistant will be somebody who is organized and inquisitive. They will know how to work individually and when to work on a team and are comfortable with both. They won’t need to be told twice about a task and won’t be afraid to ask questions.

Our next assistant will have experience and/or interest in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Client relationship building
  2. Sales, particularly media sales
  3. Marketing and promotions
  4. Project management
  5. Design, production
  6. New product development

The position is 20-25 hours per week, in person in our Kent Campus office. The pay is commensurate with experience, starting at $13 per hour. This is for fall 2021 and spring 2022, with the possibility of extending another year. Ideally, the new assistant would start in mid-August for training and orientation, but will certainly start by Aug. 23.

Student Media Marketing and Promotions Assistant

Kent State Student Media seeks an energetic and resourceful Marketing and Promotions Assistant. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in public relations, marketing, promotion, sales or other related fields, either through previous employment and/or relevant coursework. They will be self-starters who can just as easily work on their own as in a team (Teamwork/Collaboration). They will have excellent attention to detail in all areas, including writing and internal and external communication. They will show an understanding and interest in Student Media and our partners and be ready to showcase our efforts.

As the Marketing and Promotions Assistant, you would serve under the direction of the Marketing and Promotions Manager. Your responsibilities would include the following:

· Creating and analyzing social media content for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn on a regular basis.

· Writing press releases to post on the Student Media website as important events, recognitions and milestones are achieved (Oral/Written Communications)

· Help manage the distribution of all Student Media publications and magazines.

· Assist the street team in promotion initiatives and develop innovative ways to maximize the team’s efforts.

· Develop visuals for social media and website use.

· Brainstorm new and innovative ways to market and promote the overall Student Media brand as well as the nine individual Student Media partners.

· Assist in consistent engagement with all nine media partners and offer marketing/promotions support as needed.

· Work on sponsored content within a team setting.

· Other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities may shift as initiatives and projects come and go, so flexibility is a must.

Position is for 8-12 hours per week during the 15-week semester. The position is for spring 2021 and may extend to future semesters. Position is on the Kent campus, with the option to work remotely as needed. Schedule to be coordinated with rest of team and the chosen applicant.

Any questions can be directed to Director of Student Media, Kevin Dilley at [email protected]

Student Media Client and Sales Representative

Kent State Student Media is seeking motivated students to join our sales and client management team for fall 2021 and spring 2022 for 10 to 15 hours per week. Our client liaisons are a key part of our tight-knit, 10-person office team that is the heart of Student Media. The successful candidate is organized, works well individually and in teams, has strong oral and written communication skills and loves to work in a fast-paced, customer-oriented office. Our next client liaison should be comfortable working directly with clients in the campus and Kent communities.

Job Duties and requirements:

  • Manage a client list of 35-40 clients, working with each client to identify effective advertising strategies at every level
  • Coordinate print, digital and social media advertising for clients
  • Maintain constant and clear client communications
  • Develop ad campaigns across media platforms
  • Update software with client information
  • 10-15 hours per week, preferably at least 3 hours per day. M-F, between hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Notice: The Student Media office follows all KSU Flashes Safe Seven protocols including stringent cleaning, mask wearing and other safety protocols. All positions are in person in the Student Media office.

Any questions can be directed to Kevin Dilley at [email protected]

Uhuru

For questions related to these positions, contact Julia Duanetto De Sousa, Uhuru Editor at [email protected]

Hiring Staff For Uhuru Magazine - Fall 2021

Uhuru magazine exists to feed and liberate the minds of students who are a part of minority groups, with a focus in students of color at Kent State University. Our collective goal is to address topics of interest, and to analyze problems facing marginalized groups today in order to improve their lives. We aim to always produce creative, inspirational, and representative content.

Uhuru staff members should be passionate about Black, Latinx, Native American and Asian issues. Especially these groups' experiences in modern day U.S.. As we aim to produce content for those who live through these issues and experiences. For this amazing project to run smoothly, staff members must be reliable and willing to attend weekly or biweekly meetings. Our main goal is produce as much quality content as possible throughout the semester, therefore, staff members should be able to work on tight deadlines.

We are looking for writers, photographers, illustrators, social media directors... However, we are also more open this upcoming year, we are allowing applicants to suggest what they would like to do in the magazine if they don't necessarily fit into those categories but would still like to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Julia Duanetto at [email protected].

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.

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