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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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Editor-in-Chief |  1 position | Application

Responsible for Chimes‘ content, interactions with the Calvin community and long-term goals and projects. $1,200 per semester.

Duties include:

– sitting on the Student Publications Committee
– responding to feedback on Chimes coverage
– managing the Chimes budget
– managing the [email protected] email account
– writing and overseeing personal and staff editorials respectively
– working with section editors to decide on content
– remaining in the newsroom on layout nights until paper is complete
– reviewing the paper after publication with the Managing Editor
– meeting regularly with the Chimes advisor(s)
– running weekly staff meetings with the Managing Editor
– communicating with the printing company
– approving pages on layout night
– writing articles when necessary
– meeting semi-regularly with the Editorial Board
– ensuring that Chimes follows journalistic best practices and ethical principles as described by the Associated Collegiate Press and the Society of Professional Journalists

Managing Editor |  1 position | Application

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chimes newsroom. $900 per semester.

Duties include:

– sitting on the Student Publications Committee
– assigning stories to on-call writers
– approving pages on layout night
– remaining in the newsroom on layout nights until paper is complete
– reviewing the paper after publication with the Editor-in-Chief
– running weekly staff meetings with the Editor-in-Chief
– ensuring all pages get laid out, exported and sent to the printer (front and et cetera should be distributed between the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief)
– answering questions and responding to concerns from section editors and on-call writers
– writing articles when necessary
– meeting semi-regularly with the Editorial Board

Layout Editor |  1 position | 10-12 hrs/wk | Application

DUE: 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21

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 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

Multimedia Editor |  1 position | 5-10 hrs/wk | Application

DUE: 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21

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 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

Head Copy Editor |  1 position | 5-10 hrs/wk | Application

DUE: 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21

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, mostly on Wednesday 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

Section Editor |  9 positions | 5-10 hrs/wk | Application

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, mostly on Wednesday nights. Section editors will receive a $300 stipend per semester.

Our sections are: arts and entertainment, campus news, features, local news, opinion and editorial, religion, science and technology and sports.

Duties include:
– generating story ideas
– laying out their individual pages
– assigning stories to volunteer 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 when necessary to fill their pages
– attending training sessions during the course of the academic year

A section editor can plan to spend roughly seven hours per week working on their section. Applicants must be self-motivated, organized and professional. Strong writing skills are a must. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have ideas on how to recruit writers and how to create intentional community with writers (include ideas in a separate short answer).

Positions are also available for a head copy editor and a layout editor. These positions have different requirements.

On-Call Writer | 3-5 open positions | Application

The main goal of an on-call writer is to publish accurate news on important events within the Calvin community hours after they occur. Writers will be paid a stipend for each article they write.

An on-call writer will write about three articles each month. Some of these articles may be assigned; others may be offered to writers on a first come, first serve basis. These articles could range from covering Chaos Day to reviewing a big concert to doing investigative work on the latest faculty senate decision. Being able to conduct good interviews is a critical part of this position. On-call writers may also be called upon to write an unplanned story that breaks suddenly without prior knowledge or planning.

On-Call Photographer |3-5 open positions | Application

The main goal of an on-call photographer is to take a number of excellent photographs of important events around campus for publication immediately afterward on social media. Photographers are paid a stipend for each event they cover.

An on-call photographer will take photos about once each month. Some of these events may be assigned; others may be offered to photographers on a first come, first serve basis. Photographers should be skilled at taking photos at concerts, ceremonies and sports events.

 Advertising Manager |  1 position | Application

Chimes is seeking an advertisement sales manager for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a paid position requiring about five hours of work a week. Compensation is a $200 stipend per semester plus a 5% commission on all revenue collected.