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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 Mikayla Wawrousek, A Magazine Editor at [email protected]

A Magazine - fall 2018 positions

For information about A Magazine positions, please reach out to incoming editor, Mickayla Wawrousek, at [email protected]

Hello!

A Magazine is seeking a unique, passionate grouping of individuals looking to be a part of our 2018 fall semester staff! The following application outlines the positions available, our expectations and allows you to share some what you may hope for in working with us.

All applications and portfolios are due Saturday, May 12 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mickayla Wawrousek at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you! (the right PDF is the copy test)

Black Squirrel Radio

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOB DESCRIPTIONS – FALL 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, ensuring 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 on-air product through constructive criticism and show critiques, and is expected to help and encourage 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 Pro Tools recommended. Ability to be flexible and produce quality content on short notice required.

All production director applicants should 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 produce 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 and managing the Black Squirrel Radio sports department. You must help grow and manage the BSR sports team. You will be expected to assist in calling games, creating sports content for the website, and for doing general KSU sports outreach on behalf of the station.  This director will be expected to work closely with the web content director to manage the sports content on the website as well as the multimedia and podcast department on the forthcoming sports podcasting efforts.

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 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 Street Team, Program Director, and other staff members to ensure that our social media networks are thriving with interesting promotional content. In addition to social media, general marketing, and fundraising efforts the marketing director will also be expected to fulfill the role of promotion and community engagement for the station. This includes station giveaways, venue collaborations, events, and more. You will also be the main leader of the BSR 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.

Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and any other graphic design experience

Experience with Social Media Sites

Marketing, VCD, Public Relations, Advertising 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 learn how to use the equipment, assist and eventually be able to DJ solo for events.

Recommendations for role:

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

MULTIMEDIA DIRECTOR

This director is in charge of the multimedia efforts at BSR. They are the leader of the team of videographers, photographers, and podcasters at the station. They will help manage and continue current BSR multimedia efforts including live sessions, podcasts, photography at station events, and more. This director will need to keep tabs on the multimedia efforts being made at the station and help ensure coverage, assistance, management, and publication of any and all products coming from the department. You should also be comfortable running a team and working closely with the web content director and the tech director.

Recommendations for role:

Multimedia experience including general audio, visual, and tech experience.

Knowledge of our current multimedia efforts

The ability to recruit, operate, and manage a team of content creators

Coordinators for fall 2018

COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTIONS – FALL 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 departments’ 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.

SPORTS COORDINATOR

This coordinator mainly helps the Sports Director in creating original sports focused content for BSR. You will help call games, cover sports on the website, assist sports shows, and more. Other duties as assigned.

The Burr

For questions related to these positions, contact Megan Ayscue, Burr Editor at [email protected]

The Burr - fall 2018 staff positions

For information about these positions, please reach out to incoming fall 2018 editor Megan Ayscue at [email protected]

The Burr Magazine is looking for many positions for the Fall 2018 semester! We have a new position open, Recruitment Director, as well as positions for audio and video experts, social media gurus and event planners. Other positions include Managing Editor, Senior Editor, Art Director, Photo Editor and more. There's something for everyone, freshmen to seniors!

Please send all questions to Megan Ayscue, The Burr Editor for fall 2018, at [email protected]. Applications are due May 4 at 11:59 p.m. Submitt application and work samples to [email protected] with the subject line YOURLASTNAME_POSITION.


Fusion Magazine

For questions related to these positions, contact Ella Abbott, Fusion Editor at [email protected]

Join the Fusion staff

Fusion Magazine is hiring students for the 2018-19 school year! Fusion is Kent State's LGBTQ magazine and we pride ourselves on offering different viewpoints within the community while keeping readers informed on news, politics and current events.

We're looking to hire a dedicated team of writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and marketers. More thorough job descriptions for each position can be found at the bottom of the attached application.

Email your application to Fusion editor, Ella Abbott ([email protected]), by September 7 at 5 p.m.

For more information or questions about the positions, please email Ella Abbott.

The Kent Stater

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

The Kent Stater summer 2018 staff

To find out more about these positions, contact incoming summer 2018 Kent Stater editor in chief, Henry Palattella at h[email protected]

The Kent Stater is hiring for summer positions!

Attached is the application for summer positions. These positions include Managing editor, campus editor, photo/video editor, design director, forum editor, senior copy editor, reporters, photographers/videographers, designers, copy editors, columnists andweb producers. 

If you're applying for an editorial or copyediting position, please take the copyediting test.

Please return the application, current resume, three work samples (articles, photos, design examples, etc.) and the copy test (if applicable) to (h[email protected]) and Stater adviser Sue Zake ([email protected]) by Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. with the subject line LASTNAME_POSITION. 

Staff positions will be announced by Friday, May 11 at the very latest with a staff meeting shortly after on a date and time that is TBD.


Kent Stater/KentWired - fall 2018 staff positions

The Kent Stater is hiring for positions on its staff in the Fall 2018 semester! We have general editor positions available, as well positions in photography, content innovation and reporting. 

Applications are due Saturday May 12 at 5 p.m., and be sure to send your completed application to me ([email protected]) and managing editor Cameron Hoover ([email protected].) 

Feel free to contact either Henry or Cameron with any questions you may have about the application! 


Henry PalattellaAssigning editor - Kentwired.com/The Kent Stater
Junior Honors Student/Student-Journalist at Kent State University 
Cell Phone: (814) 431-5537
Twitter @Hellapalattella

KentWired

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

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

Kent Stater/KentWired - fall 2018 staff positions

The Kent Stater is hiring for positions on its staff in the Fall 2018 semester! We have general editor positions available, as well positions in photography, content innovation and reporting. 

Applications are due Saturday May 12 at 5 p.m., and be sure to send your completed application to me ([email protected]) and managing editor Cameron Hoover ([email protected].) 

Feel free to contact either Henry or Cameron with any questions you may have about the application! 


Henry PalattellaAssigning editor - Kentwired.com/The Kent Stater
Junior Honors Student/Student-Journalist at Kent State University 
Cell Phone: (814) 431-5537
Twitter @Hellapalattella

KSU Independent Films

For questions related to these positions, contact Anna Katsas, KSUIF President at [email protected]

KSUIF Board of Directors openings

 To find out more about these positions, contact incoming KSUIF president Anna Katsas at [email protected] 

KSUIF is hiring SEVEN new PAID Board positions for the 2018/2019 school year! 

The available positions are: Head of Production, VP of Budgeting and Accounting, VP of Revenue, Head of Project Management, Head of Marketing and Social Media, Webmaster and KSUIF Film Festival Coordinator. Please see application for position descriptions. Applicants do NOT need to be DMP majors to apply. All class years and experience levels are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be invited for an interview during the week of April 30. 

Please return the application to Anna Katsas ([email protected]) and KSUIF advisor Becky Rolnick ([email protected]) by Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m. with the subject line LASTNAME_POSITION. Board position results will be announced by Friday, May 11 at the very latest with a Board meeting shortly after on a date and time that is TBD. 

Luna Negra

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

Luna Negra staff positions - 2018-19

For more information about the 2018-19 Luna Negra staff positions, please contact incoming editor, Cameron Gorman at [email protected] 

Thank you for your interest in applying to the staff of Luna Negra, Kent State’s literary and arts journal. Please send all application materials to [email protected] by Friday, May 11 2018, at 6 p.m. with the subject line LASTNAME_FIRSTCHOICEPOSITION.

SM Advertising & Marketing

For questions related to these positions, contact Christian Caudill, Student Sales & Marketing Manager at [email protected]

Student Media Sales and Marketing Manager

Kent State Student Media is seeking a graduate student to work in their media sales office for the 2018-19 school year with the possibility of continuing work for a second year. This person will be responsible for supervising a team of 4-5 student account executives in an agency-style office to generate revenue with on- and off-campus clients through multi-platform advertising sales. The position works directly with clients while focused on daily and weekly sales targets. Other duties include assisting the director of Student Media and the advertising and marketing manager in duties as assigned. The position is open to any graduate students, though the ideal candidate will have a background in marketing, advertising, journalism, media and/or business. Minimum qualifications include: minimum 2.5 GPA, 1 year of experience in either media sales, marketing, business, other sales or advertising, strong written and verbal communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google applications or similar programs. The position is 20 hours per week and compensation includes a $1,000 scholarship per semester and hourly pay dependent upon experience. Interested candidates can apply through KSU's [email protected] link below.  For more information, contact Kevin Dilley, director of Student Media, [email protected].

Uhuru

For questions related to these positions, contact Brianna Robinson, Uhuru Editor at [email protected]

Uhuru - staff positions 2018-19

If you have questions, contact incoming Uhuru editor, Brianna Robinson a [email protected]

Uhuru is now accepting applications for staff positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see the link below for more information. 

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

22

Aug

Back to School Blastoff

Come find out about Kent State Student Media and the 10 media partners that make up Student Media. We'll be at Kent State's annual Blastoff event. 

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23

Aug

Fall classes begin

Fall classes begin Aug. 23, 2018

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