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The University Star is the independent student-run news source for Texas State University and the San Marcos community. We are looking to fill positions for Summer 2018-Spring 2019. We would love for you to be part of our hard-working, passionate and award-winning team.

The University Star is accepting applications from students of all majors, experience levels, and backgrounds for a wide variety of non-paid volunteer and paid editorial board positions. Working for The University Star is an excellent way to get involved both on and off campus while gaining real-world experience and building your resume.

There are two levels of positions available, which include staff volunteers and Editorial Board members.

All applicants must submit the online Application Form.

Application forms can be found by clicking on the job title of the desired position featured below.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
A list of all job descriptions and expectations is included in The University Star handbook. You must read and acknowledge that you have read and understood The University Star handbook on each job application form. You can find The University Star handbook by clicking here.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for as many positions as they intend to pursue seriously.

If you have any questions, please email stareditor@txstate.edu

Current Positions Available

Editor in Chief

The Editor in Chief will serve from May 1, 2019 through the end of the spring semester of 2020. The Editor in Chief must be available to perform his/her duties during the summer months, including spearheading the publication of the Summer I and Summer II issues. Summer is a training period for the recruitment of new staff. The Editor in Chief must also be available the two weeks before the start of the fall semester for Camp Star training with editors and staff. The stipend is $800 over the summer and $3,200 for each long semester.

Editor in Chief will be responsible for the content, editorial direction and maintaining the high standards of The University Star. The Editor in Chief will regularly monitor the website and social media for content and quality that is consistent with ethical and journalistic standards.

  • Recruit and regularly provide feedback to editorial board members.
  • Schedule weekly budget meetings.
  • Schedule bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Communicate with adviser about training needs.
  • Run all production and staff meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 15 hours per week Tuesday through Friday.
  • Set and enforce all editorial deadlines.
  • Oversee all editorial content and page design.
  • Handle all editorial staff personnel issues.
  • Discuss The Mainpoint during weekly budget meetings to ensure a majority of editorial board members are in agreement with the direction of the editorial.
  • Ensure sections coordinate to meet special advertising editorial content needs.
  • Copy edit articles before publication in print or online.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style, Media Law, WordPress, InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Coordinate coverage of big events with section editors.
  • Attend events as the representative of The University Star.
  • Act as a role model for professional behavior for the editorial staff.
  • Respond to reader inquiries, questions and/or requests for interviews.
  • Finalize contest entries with adviser.
  • Ensure all content meets the highest standards of journalistic ethics.

News Reporter

As a news reporter, one should have basic knowledge of AP style and the news format. Experience is not required.
Reporters tasks include live coverage of events, live tweeting, conducting interviews and one-three articles written per week. Reporters should have the ability to take criticism, good communication and social skills, the ability to work under serious deadlines, knowledge of research strategies and passion for the job. As news reporters, we constantly run into stories that go against our own opinions. Being a news writer, one must know how to put those feelings aside and report unbiasedly. Most importantly, accept the fact that every news reporter can learn from their mistakes and grow into better writers.

Staff Photographers

  • Photographers and videographers will be scheduled to cover stories and live events.
  • Responsible for editing and uploading to Camayak.
  • Responsible for creating two-sentence minimum cutlines for photos.
  • Cutlines should be written in present tense and AP Style.
  • Required to attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Required to contact reporters within 24 hours of being assigned to a story.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend three Star Training sessions each semester.


  • Illustrators will be scheduled to work with columnists and reporters to create an illustration.
  • Required to contact reporters within 24 hours of being assigned to a story.
  • Required to attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Responsible for editing and uploading to Camayak.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.


  • Must be present every Friday to design paper.
  • Design two to three pages each week.
  • Coordinate with others on the design team.
  • Be available on Monday’s production night if
  • Attend weekly design meetings to discuss preliminary layout designs.
  • Be knowledgeable in InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Coordinate with section editors to discuss new layout ideas.
  • Create charts, diagrams, and informational graphics as required.