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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.

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 a Nite Life event 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 photo 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.

Paid Positions

Contrary to popular belief, many staff positions at Chimes are compensated. These include the three head editors, ten 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).

“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 Wednesday night during the school year from 6:30 to midnight or later. If you drop by when we’re not there, feel free to leave a note. Otherwise, email us at [email protected], tweet @calvinchimes, or message us on Facebook and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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2018-2019 Staff Applications

On-Call Writer|  Multiple Positions | Application | Open

DUE: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

On-call writers are required to write at least two articles per month. These articles are typically last-minute or high-profile campus news items, though on-calls occasionally write for other sections as well. Compensation is $20 per article.

Responsibilities include:
-Accepting story assignments from section editors
-Writing balanced, informative and compelling articles in Associated Press style
-Conducting effective interviews
-Responding to edits and feedback on articles
-Attending weekly staff meetings
-Attendings occasional training sessions

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

 

Layout Editor |  1 position | Application | Open

DUE: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1

The layout editor is responsible for the overall appearance of the Chimes print edition as well as our photo content. The layout editor is also a member of the Editorial Board (along with the editor-in-chief, managing editor and multimedia editor), which makes decisions about the paper as a whole.

The time commitment for layout editor is roughly 10-12 hours a week, mostly on Wednesday nights. The layout editor will receive a stipend of $550 per semester.

Duties include:
– recruiting, managing and giving assignments to photographers
– laying out photo essay
– approving pages on layout night
– helping section editors use InDesign and improve the design of their pages
– meeting semi-regularly with the Editorial Board

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

Note: if you wish to apply to be a section editor, multimedia editor or head copy editor, you need to fill out those applications separately (though you may reuse answers and work samples).

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

 

Section Editor |  Multiple Positions | Application | Open

DUE: 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4

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 Wednesday layout nights. Section editors will receive a $300 stipend per semester.

Duties include:
– generating story ideas
– laying out their individual pages
– assigning stories to staff writers
– working with writers to improve content and style before publication
– addressing content issues raised by copy editors on articles in their sections
– remaining available on layout nights until their pages have been approved twice
– writing articles
– attending training sessions during the course of the academic year

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

Note: If you also wish to apply for head copy editor, multimedia editor or layout editor, you need to fill out those applications separately (though you may reuse answers and work samples).

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

 

Multimedia Editor |  1 Position | Application | Open

DUE: 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4.The multimedia editor is responsible for Chimes’ online presence. The multimedia editor is also a member of the Editorial Board (along with the editor-in-chief, managing editor and layout editor), which makes decisions about the paper as a whole.

The time commitment for multimedia editor is roughly 5-10 hours a week. The multimedia editor will receive a stipend of $450 per semester.

Duties include:
– posting articles to the Chimes website
– managing the Chimes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
– moderating comments on the Chimes website and Facebook page
– ensuring each article has a photo that can be used online
– coming into the newsroom on layout nights to check in with section editors and make sure stories are ready to by posted online
– implementing and managing audio/video content and other multimedia
– meeting semi-regularly with the Editorial Board

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

Note: if you would like to apply to be a section editor, head copy editor or layout editor, you need to fill out those applications separate (though you may reuse answers and work samples).

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

 

Head Copy Editor |  1 Position | Application | Open

The head copy editor is responsible for the grammatical, stylistic and factual excellence of Chimes text. The time commitment for head copy editor is roughly 5-10 hours a week, including Wednesday layout nights. The head copy editor will receive a stipend of $300 per semester.

Duties include:
– recruiting, training and managing volunteer copy editors
– flagging content issues (editorializing, statements that need fact-checking, etc.) for section editors to address
– ensuring all articles are copy edited three times before publication

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

Note: if you wish to apply to be a section editor, multimedia editor or layout editor, you need to fill out those applications separately (though you may reuse answers and work samples).

Please direct any questions to [email protected].