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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

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.


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.


Life and Arts Reporter

As a life and arts 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.


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.


Sports Reporter

As a sports 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.


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.

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.

Web Content Manager

Web Content Manager will be responsible for planning, editing, and publishing information on the website as well as routine maintenance of the website. Web Content Manager will work with editors to determine the best way to present information online. Web Content Manager is expected to monitor visitor behavior by reviewing website data to provide an environment that meets the needs and interests of website visitors.

  • Must be present on production night.
  • Must be proficient in HTML, CSS, PHP, JS, and AJAX.
  • Must be knowledgeable about WordPress installations.
  • Must have experience with server-side FTP software.
  • Must be familiar with ADA compliant requirements of the user interface.
  • Must be present at weekly budget meetings.
  • Must office hours for a minimum of 12 hours per week Tuesday through Friday.
  • Be knowledgeable in AP style, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and journalism standards.
  • Reply to emails within 24 hours.
  • Assist with contest entries as needed.
  • Required to attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Ensure all content meets the highest standards of journalistic ethics.