Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Since 1907
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:

Reporter (Student Life, Campus, Arts&Entertainment, General Assignment): Apply

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

Specific Responsibilities

-Brainstorm and pitch story ideas
-Write balanced, informative and compelling articles in Associated Press style
-Conduct effective interviews
-Respond to edits and feedback on articles
-Attend weekly staff meetings
-Attend occasional training sessions

Culture Editor: Apply

 

The culture editor creates connections across campus to cultivate student opinions, lifestyle pieces and reviews to publish each week. They are responsible for editing all stories produced by their guest writers. The culture editor is also expected to layout the pages of Chimes relevant to their team. The culture editor is not expected to write every week, however, they are encouraged to pursue long-term projects relevant to their sections. 

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Laying out their individual pages 
  • Working with guest writers to develop opinion ideas and deadlines 
  • Recruiting guest writers 
  • Completing first edits on all stories in their section 
  • Addressing content issues raised by copy editors on articles in their sections 
  • Remaining available on layout days until their pages have been approved twice 
  • Attending both layout and staff meetings weekly 
  • Attending training sessions during the course of the academic year 


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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).