Start your freshman year. Stay until you graduate.

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]

Note: not all openings are listed here, this may be a partial list. You can also reach out directly to a student leader to inquire about current openings. Go here to see the current leaders of each media partner.

Student Employment Opportunities

The Kent Stater

For questions related to these positions, contact Alexandra Golden, The Kent Stater Editor at [email protected]

The Kent Stater Editor - fall 2022

Job description:The Kent Stater editor is responsible for the day-to-day editorial operations of The Kent Stater. The editor is the sole authority in determining content for The Kent Stater and in turn takes full responsibility for the content decisions made. Job duties include, but are not limited to: assigning content, editing content; making final decisions about what will run or not run in any of the outlet’s content channels (which include, but are not exclusive to print, social and digital); personnel decisions about staff (within budget and in consultation with adviser); ensuring all deadlines are met; working with the Student Media Advertising and Marketing team on revenue; working with the Student Media office team to help ensure adherence to approved budgets and university regulations; providing the public face of The Kent Stater for the community; serving on the Student Media leadership team; serving as a non-voting member of the Student Media Board.

Due by May 18, 2022

SM Advertising & Marketing

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

Student Media Office openings - fall 2022

Come work with the Student Media Office team in our mission to support Student Media and our Media Partners through product development, sales, client management, design, and marketing and promotion. Our team is a nationally-award winning group with our most recent accolades including Best New Idea, and top four for Designer of the Year and Sales Manager of the year through CMBAM organization.

We are currently hiring three positions that start in fall 2022:

1. Client Liaison:

Kent State Student Media is seeking motivated students to join our sales and client management team for fall 2022 and spring 2023 for 10 to 15 hours per week. Our client liaisons are a key part of our tight-knit, 12-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, building relationships with each client to identify effective advertising and marketing 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.

TO APPLY: sign up or sign in at https://joinhandshake.com/ and search for job #4937348

2. Marketing + Promotions Specialist:

Kent State Student Media seeks an energetic and resourceful Marketing and Promotions Specialist. 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 Specialist, you will be part of the Student Media Marketing + Promotions team. Your responsibilities may include any of 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) .
  • Helping to manage the distribution of all Student Media publications and magazines.
  • Assisting the street team in promotion initiatives and develop innovative ways to maximize the team’s efforts.
  • Developing visuals for social media and website use.
  • Brainstorming new and innovative ways to market and promote the overall Student Media brand as well as the nine individual Student Media partners.
  • Assisting in consistent engagement with all nine media partners and offer marketing/promotions support as needed.
  • Working on sponsored content within a team setting.
  • Serving as an office support liaison, answering phones and greeting guests among other things
  • 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 fall 2022 and may extend to future semesters. Position is on the Kent campus. Schedule to be coordinated with rest of team and the chosen applicant.

TO APPLY: sign up or sign in at https://joinhandshake.com/ and search for job #6486585

3. Distribution assistant:

Kent State Student Media is seeking a distribution assistant for fall 2022 and spring 2023 to distribute our newspaper and five student-produced magazines to locations on campus and to select locations in Kent. Other duties include maintaining and cleaning racks, updating rack signage, keeping clean distribution records using Google Sheets, and organizing stored magazines in Franklin Hall. Must have access to a vehicle, KSU parking permit and be able to lift up to 40 pounds. This position would be 5-10 hours per week, with some extra hours possible throughout the semester during peak distribution times.

TO APPLY: sign up or sign in at https://joinhandshake.com/ and search for job #5360832

Uhuru

For questions related to these positions, contact Position Vacant, Uhuru Editor at

Uhuru Editor - fall/spring 2022-2023

Job description: The Uhuru editor is responsible for the day-to-day editorial/content operations of Uhuru. The editor is the sole authority in determining content for Uhuru and in turn takes full responsibility for the content decisions made. Job duties include, but are not limited to: assigning content, editing content; making final decisions about what will run or not run in any of the outlet’s content channels (which include but are not exclusive to print, social and digital); personnel decisions about staff (within budget and in consultation with adviser); ensuring all deadlines are met; working with the Student Media Advertising and Marketing team on revenue; working with the Student Media office team to help ensure adherence to approved budgets and university regulations; providing the public face of Uhuru for the community; serving on the Student Media leadership team; serving as a non-voting member of the Student Media Board.

Due by May 18, 2022

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

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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 or KSU.

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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, selected by the Student Media Board, 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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