Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

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Open Positions:

Beat Reporters |  9 Positions | Apply

All reporters are required to write at least one article per week. Compensation is $25 per article.

Responsibilities include:
-coming up with and pitching story ideas
-Writing balanced, informative and compelling articles in Associated Press style
-Conducting effective interviews
-Responding to edits and feedback on articles
-Attending weekly staff meetings
-Attending occasional training sessions

General Assignment Editors |  3 Positions | Apply

[This form can also be used to apply for Culture Editor and Head Copy Editor. Please specify on the form if you are applying for either of those roles].

Section editors are responsible for the content and layout of their individual sections. The time commitment for a section editor is roughly 5-10 hours a week, including Saturday morning layouts. Editors will receive a $300 stipend each semester.

Duties include:
-helping reporters find sources
-contacting high-level administrators on behalf of their reporting team no more than once per week
-keeping track of planned stories and due dates
-suggesting and working on long-term stories
-recruiting and managing guest writers
-helping with photos and visuals as needed
-completing all first edits on all stories written by their assigned reporters
-providing the managing editor with up-to-date information on the progress of all stories assigned to their reporting team
-laying out two pages of the paper and drafting stories on the website
-attending two days of training at the start of the semester and occasional additional training throughout the year
-attending all Monday all-staff meetings and Saturday layouts

Editors are hired for a full academic year. Exceptions for off-campus interims, semesters abroad, or graduating early are sometimes granted by Chimes leadership.

Engagement Editor |  1 Position: | Apply

The engagement editor oversees Chimes’ social media accounts and audience engagement. The position requires 2-5 hours of work each week and receives a $200 stipend.

Duties include:

  • Creating graphics for stories and advertising campaigns
  • Writing article teasers and posting articles on social media
  • Assisting on creative multimedia projects based on experience (This could include video, audio, or other projects based on your passions and interests)

Skills required:

  • Familiarity with some form of graphics production software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva, InDesign, etc.)
  • Ability to summarize articles well and identify key information

Video Editor |  1 Position: | Apply

Role:
The Video Editor will be responsible for filming and editing Chimes’ first-ever weekly video content highlighting the major headlines of the week. The person in this role will have a lot of freedom to create a structure and style for these videos, which should be short enough to be used on all social media platforms.
The Video Editor will need to be able to attend Saturday morning layouts.

Qualifications:
-Significant audio and video editing experience
-Interest in journalism or documentary filmmaking
-Ability to work independently and consistently to meet deadlines
-Self-motivated

Ad Sales / Business Manager | 1 Position | Apply

The Ad manager solicits ads from advertisers, ensures that ads received meet our standards and sends invoices to advertisers. We believe that business majors, especially those with a focus in marketing, would be good candidates for this position. The ideal candidate is very self-motivated and has strong communication skills. The position involves about 5 hours of work per week and pays a 10% commission on ad sales, which must meet a semester sales quota.

Duties:
-Maintain relationships with our regular advertisers
-Find new customers by contacting local businesses
-Manage [email protected], respond to queries in a timely fashion
-Create an advertising schedule, post it in Chimes office trello boards weekly
-Correctly format and save graphic files of advertisements
-Manage billing (work with student org. finance chair)
-Keep records of all ads sold and payments received

Qualifications:
-Very strong communication skills, (talks regularly with editor in chief, answers emails promptly, responds to phone calls -or text messages)
-Responsible and can work independently to meet semester quotas
-Extra consideration will be given to students with business classes, especially those with marketing experience
-Personable and professional when dealing with clients
-Organized and reliable, can meet deadlines

 

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Chimes depends on student writers, editors, and photographers to keep its pages in print all school-year-round. Our newsroom runs on a mix of volunteers and paid staff from a variety of departments and every grade level. Anyone with a drive to work hard, an interest in journalism, and a few extra hours a week can be a part of Chimes.

“How do I get involved?”

We’re glad you asked. Write a story, take pictures of an event, or send us an idea. If you have questions or want to officially become part of the staff, come talk to us. We are in the Chimes office (located in the commons annex basement) nearly every Saturday morning starting at 9:30. If you drop by when we’re not there, feel free to leave a note. Otherwise, email us at [email protected] or message us on Facebook and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Volunteer Positions

Any student can volunteer for Chimes at any time. Volunteering is a great way to gauge your interest in journalism and try it out without having to make a long-term commitment. In fact, nearly all of our staff members started off as volunteers.

Writers

The majority of our volunteers are writers. Volunteer writers can write however often they would like to, whether that be twice a week or once a semester, for any of our eight sections that interest them. Writers can expect to spend anywhere from 2-5 hours on one story, depending on the level of detail required and their interest in that subject. Bylines for volunteer writers will list them as a “Guest Writer” for their first three stories, after which they will be a “Staff Writer”.

Photographers

Our volunteer photographers typically shoot between once a month and once every two months, depending on their schedule. Assignments can range from shooting a volleyball game to simple stock photos of students reading in the library. You must have your own camera, be it a a DSLR or your smart phone, or at least have access to one. Interested photographers can contact our managing editor with questions or to get their name on our contact list. If you sign up, we will contact you when an event comes up that you can shoot. You are also welcome to shoot events, stock photos, etc. at your own discretion and send us the results.

Copy Editors

Every article we write has to go through three rounds of edits before it can be published. Copy Editors can work remotely or with us in the office. The majority of editing is done on Wednesdays, though some articles come in on Tuesdays. Copy Editors edit for grammar, content, and AP style (which we can teach you) using Google Docs editing software (which we can also teach you). Volunteer copy editors can work whenever they are available, though we prefer a regular weekly or commitment of at least 2-3 hours.

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Paid Positions

Contrary to popular belief, many staff positions at Chimes are compensated. These include the two head editors, section editors, one advertising manager, and at least six on-call writers and photographers. All paid positions are hired through an application process, but considerable preference is given to those who already have volunteer experience with Chimes.

Head editors, section editors, and the advertising manager for the next year are hired at the end of the spring semester, but on-call writers and photographers are hired on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis.  But, we’re students: people graduate, people go abroad, and sometimes openings come up mid- or second semester. If you are interested in applying for a paid position, please inquire to learn if any are currently available.

For more information on job requirements and application processes, see the job descriptions below (note: Head editors are hired from existing section editors).