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Join The Oxford Student for Hilary 2015

We’re looking for enthusiastic writers, photographers, cartoonists, filmmakers and editors to join the paper in Hilary Term 2015. As the largest student publication in Oxford, The OxStu‘s print edition reaches over 15,000 readers every week and we’re always on the lookout for fresh talent.

Working for The OxStu is a fantastic way to gain experience in journalism, and even work with national newspapers. If you’re still not convinced, here’s just a few things that our journalists got up to recently:

– Sold many stories to the national press including The Telegraph, The Independent and more

– Interviewed Stephen Fry, Jesse Jackson, FW de Klerk, David Keene, John McCain and the Dalai Lama.

– Bagged internships at The TimesThe Daily MailThe SunThe IndependentThe Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC.

– Attended press previews of the latest cinema and theatre releases.

– Reported on exclusive speaker events such as visits by Michelle Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Join the fun and watch your work go out to thousands of Oxford readers. No experience is required.

We are currently hiring editorial staff, news reporters, staff writers, sub-editors, photographers, filmakers and cartoonists. Positions are held for one term, at the end of which candidates must re-apply either for their role or another. If a candidate is unsuccessful in attaining the position they apply for, they will be able to discuss alternative options with the current editors.

 

Editorial Positions

Editor-in-Chief – 2 positions

How to apply: email studentmedia@ousu.ox.ac.uk with your CV and a 500-word analysis of the paper’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Wednesday 27th November

Responsibilities

Have the final say on what gets published

Recruit, train, manage and lead the rest of the team

Take control of the paper’s strategic direction, and manage its design, layout and tone

Represent the paper to OUSU, national newspapers, and many other bodies; respond to feedback from readers

Approx. time commitment

30 hours a week

Deputy Editor-in-Chief – maximum of 6 positions

How to apply: email publisher@ousu.ox.ac.uk with your CV and a 500-word analysis of the paper’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Take the lead with Adobe InDesign, and make corrections to pages before publication

Help section editors to lay their sections

Write OxStuff, the paper’s light-hearted weekly double-page spread

Approx. time commitment

20 hours a week

News Editor – maximum of 3 positions

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 500-word analysis of the section’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Help reporters to find stories at the weekly news trawl

Write the major stories each week and edit the work of junior reporters

Approx. time commitment

15 hours a week

Section Editor – 2 positions per section

Comment, Features, Music, Stage, Screen, Sport, Arts & Literature, Fashion

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 500-word analysis of the section’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Commission articles from writers, edit them, and do some writing yourself

Put the section together (“lay”) using Adobe InDesign

Decide on your section’s tone and style, along with the Editors-in-Chief

Approx. time commitment

10 hours a week

Deputy Section Editor – no maximum

News, Comment, Features, Music, Stage, Screen, Sport, Arts & Literature, Fashion

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 300-word analysis of the section’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Act as a senior writer for your section

Assist with laying the section when required

Look after the section’s online presence by uploading content to the website each week and during the vac

Fill in for section editors when they are away

Approx. time commitment

5 hours a week

Online Editor – 1 position

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 500-word analysis of our online output’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Improve the OxStu’s website and social media presence, and experiment with new features and functions (using WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite – no experience necessary)

Keep the website and social media updated over the vac and in term time

Approx. time commitment

5-10 hours a week

Broadcast Editor – 1 position

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 500-word analysis of our broadcasting output’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Create video and audio content for the paper

Manage broadcasting contributions from section teams and make sure they are reaching targets

Time commitment

5-10 hours a week

Photo Editor – 1 position

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV, examples of your work, and a 500-word analysis of our photography output’s strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Coordinating all photography for the newspaper

Be prepared to be on call throughout the week to delegate tasks to members of the photography team

Approx. time commitment

5 hours a week

Creative Director – 1 position

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV, examples of your work, and a 500-word analysis of the newspaper’s design and visual output

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Coordinating creative output and working with illustrators on designing a weekly OXII cover

Design layouts for special edition pull-outs 2-3 times per term

Contributing to overall design of the paper

Approx. time commitment

Up to 10 hours a week, depending on requirements for each issue

Chief Sub-Editor – 1 position

How to apply: email editor@oxfordstudent.com with your CV and a 500-word covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role

Deadline: 23.59pm, Sunday 30th November

Responsibilities

Scheduling, coordination and quality control in the sub-editing team

Approx. time commitment

5 hours a week

 

Staff Positions

(see below for details of how to apply for these positions)

All applications for staff positions must be submitted by 23.59pm on Sunday 30th November.

Staff Writers

This role is perfect if writing is what you’re interested in, or if you want to test the waters and have a flexible commitment before making a bigger time committment. You can conduct interviews and write on topics of your choice – or meet commissions from our section editors. If you want to be a food columnist, theatre reviewer, sports reporter or anything else beside, this is a great way to increase (or begin) your portfolio of published articles.

News Reporters

As part of our news team, you’ll gain two immensely valuable skills: how to find out what is happening around you and how to explain it as simply and as clearly as possible. Apply if you have a passion for journalism and want to work with other people who do too.

Multimedia Team

As a member of our multimedia team, you will be involved in creating the videos, podcasts and other media that are bringing The Oxford Student into the digital age. For this role it would be preferable if you have previous experience, or even your own video equipment. However, anyone is welcome to apply if they are enthusiastic about expanding the newspaper’s multimedia content.

Photography

We use hundreds of original photos over a single term. If you have experience in photography and are interested in expanding your portfolio as well as circulating your photographs to a weekly readership of thousands apply now! Due to funding restrictions you will be required to provide your own equipment.

Cartoonists

We’re constantly on the look out for people with artistic flair and a wry sense of humour to provide satirical and political cartoons for our publication.

Sub-Editors

Sub-editors moderate the style and coherence of copy from across the paper as well as catching spelling and grammatical mistakes. Applicants should submit a CV and a 300 word cover letter detailing why they feel they are qualified for the role. This role is likely to take up around 3-5 hours a week. Applications must be sent to editor@oxfordstudent.com by 23.59pm on Sunday 30th January. No previous experience is required.

 

HOW TO APPLY (for Staff Positions)

Simply download and complete the relevant form, and email it to editor@oxfordstudent.com with ‘[Section] [Position] Application’ as the subject header (e.g. ‘Comment staff writer application’).

All applications must be submitted by 23.59pm on Sunday 30th November

DEADLINE FOR CREATIVE TEAM EXTENDED TO END OF 2014

For Staff Writer or News Reporter positions: Download (Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document)

For Photography/videography positions: Download (Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document)

For Illustrator positions: Download (Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document)

 

Good luck, and thanks for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Editors,

The Oxford Student

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