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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, however you may only work in one position during any given semester or term.

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

Current Positions Available

Managing Editor

Managing Editor will be responsible for uploading online content to The University Star’s website, assisting the Editor-in-Chief in editing, scheduling and advising section editors. Alongside, maintaining the publication’s website the managing editor will also collaborate with the engagement and design editor to help provide social media content.


News Editor

News Editor will be responsible for maintaining a news reporting staff of at least 10 reporters who will produce five to eight print articles a week and/or three to five online articles. The news editor will have the jurisdiction to determine senior reporters based on performance and will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit.


Assistant News Editor

The Assistant News Editor assists the News Editor.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Edit weekly stories.
  • Assist with breaking news.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style.
  • Write at least one story each week.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend one Star Training per semester.

Life and Arts Editor

Lifestyle Editor will be responsible for maintaining a lifestyle staff of at least 10 reporters who will produce five to eight print articles a week and/or three to five online articles. The Life and Art Editor will be responsible for providing live coverage of festivals throughout the year, as well as both community and campus events. The Life and Art Editor will have the jurisdiction to determine senior reporters based on performance and will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit.


Assistant Life and Arts Editor

The Assistant Life and Arts Editor assists the Life and Arts Editor.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Edit weekly stories and live-event stories as needed.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style.
  • Write at least one story each week.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend one Star Training per semester.

Opinions Editor

Opinions Editor will be responsible for maintaining an opinions staff of at least 10 columnists who produce five to eight print columns a week and/or three to five online columns. The Opinions Editor will be responsible for ensuring there is a diverse variety of opinions included in this section. The Opinions Editor will determine what column ideas are worthy to go on the budget based on column ideas provided by columnists. The Opinions Editor will have the jurisdiction to determine senior reporters based on performance and will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit.


Assistant Opinions Editor

The Assistant Opinions Editor assists the Opinions Editor.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Edit all columns.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style.
  • Write one 500-600-word column weekly.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend one Star Training per semester.

Sports Editor

Sports Editor will be responsible for maintaining a sports staff of at least 10 reporters, and produce five to eight print articles a week and/or three to five online articles. Sports Editor will assign live game coverage and work closely with sports staff to ensure all home games are covered. Sports editor will have the jurisdiction to determine senior reporters based on performance and will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit.


Assistant Sports Editor

The Assistant Sports Editor assists the Sports Editor with various activities.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Attend weekly section meetings.
  • Hold office hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style and sports.
  • Edit feature stories and recaps
  • Attend games, live tweet and produce content for print and online.
  • Learn how to post recaps and create a budget.
  • Find story ideas about Texas State sports, club sports, intramural sports and different sports events throughout the year.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all staff meetings.
  • Required to attend one Star Training per semester.

Copy Chief

Copy Chief will be responsible for maintaining a staff of at least eight editors. Copy Chief will not only edit for AP style, grammar, and punctuation but also for story angles and story flow. The Copy Chief will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit. As the final eyes before EIC, the copy chief must thoroughly review all articles and columns to ensure they are ready to be published.


Design Editor

Design Editor will maintain a staff of three to five graphic designers and assist in keeping a consistent brand and design throughout the print edition of The University Star. Design editor will assist in multimedia projects and aid managing editor when needed. The Design Editor will have hire/disciplinary power over section staff as he/she sees fit.


Creative Services Director

Creative Services Director will maintain a staff of three to five graphic designers and assist in keeping a consistent brand and design throughout The University Star. Creative Services Director will assist the PR and Advertising teams as needed. The Creative Services Director will have hire/disciplinary power over the section as he/she sees fit.


Multimedia Editor

Multimedia Editor will be responsible for maintaining a multimedia section at least 15 photographers/videographers. Multimedia Editor will ensure his/her staff is communicating effectively with other sections to ensure every article has a photo, graphic or illustration. Multimedia Editor will have hire/fire power over the section as he/she sees fit.


Engagement Editor

Engagement Editor will be responsible for the University Star’s social media platforms. The engagement editor will be responsible for updating posting on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram everyday/multiple times a week. Engagement Editor will coordinate posts with section editors.


Advertising Sales Manager

Advertising Sales Manager will be responsible for tracking ads from all sales staff. The Advertising Sales Manager should plan to work 15 hours per week and will be paid stipend as well as a commission on all closed and paid advertising. This person is responsible for updating the spreadsheet that contains all ads and the dates they are to be posted or published.


Advertising Account Executives

Account Executives will be hired and trained to sell multi-media packages including digital, mobile, social media, print, and signage. Account Executives should plan to work 10 hours per week and will be paid a commission on all closed and paid advertising.


Public Relations Assistant

PR assistants will be responsible for spearheading a semester-long calendar of outreach events, both internally and externally. All hiring, training, and coaching will be conducted by the University Star adviser. Students will spend up to 10 hours per week working on PR projects.


Reporters

  • Write one article per week with multiple sources in each.
  • Attend weekly budget meetings held by section editors.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Meet editing deadlines.
  • Submit story pitches by section editor’s desired date.
  • Communicate effectively with photographer or illustrator.
  • Assist with breaking news.
  • Find time with section editor for one-on-one meetings.
  • Attend all staff meetings.
  • Record all interviews.
  • Withhold bias from articles.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend three Star Training sessions each semester.

Columnists

  • Provide at least one 500–600-word column per week.
  • Attend weekly budget meetings held by opinions editor.
  • Student must disclose organizations he or she is involved with.
  • Column pitches must be pitched with at least one person other than the opinions editor as a witness. If you can’t pitch it in front of people, then you have no business writing it.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend three Star Training sessions each semester.

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

  • 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.

Social Media Specialist

  • Do not follow or unfollow any accounts on any social media platform.
  • Read stories completely to create appropriate captions.
  • Live tweet if necessary.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP Style.
  • Reply to direct and private messages.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.

Copy Editors

  • Edit all articles for AP Errors.
  • Fact check claims made in articles.
  • Make sure hyperlinks are working.
  • Make sure phone numbers and websites are correct.
  • Provide comments or feedback to section editors about article mistakes.
  • Fact check sources used in stories, including name and title.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Required to attend weekly copy editor training.

Designers

  • 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.