We’re Hiring for 2020-2021

The Critograph has openings for the following positions:

Graphic Designer

Social Media Manager

Marketing/Business Director

Circulation Manager

Copy Desk Chief

Assistant Editor

Copy Editor

Sports Columnist (non-paid)

Staff Writers (non-paid)

Staff Photographer (non-paid)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Distinguishing features of the job:

The graphic designer is responsible for supervising the design of all pages in each section and the computer layout of all edited copy in preparation for print. The graphic designer must use sound design principles for each page and section and should stay abreast of newspaper design trends that might be applied to individual sections or to the newspaper as a whole. He or she may also be responsible for supervising all aspects of production for copy, pictures and house ads for final use in the newspaper. This position is required to work 8 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

The graphic designer must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Design each page of each section of the printed newspaper;
  • Report immediately all errors in layout to the managing editor;
  • Work closely with the managing editor to design special issues, offering aesthetic layout solutions based upon editorial needs;
  • Work closely with the marketing/business director to design advertisements as needed to fulfill The Critograph’s needs;
  • Attend staff and editorial meetings as required;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The graphic designer must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Have a working knowledge of the relevant design software used by The Critograph;
  • Be creative and have a sound understanding of design principles, with university courses in design and art preferred; 
  • Understand The Critograph Style Manual as it relates to the “look” of the newspaper;
  • Be a leader and interact well with staff members;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (SMM)

Distinguishing features of the job:

The SMM will oversee activity on all of The Critograph’s social media platforms. He or she will create and/or upload content for the promotion of the newspaper and its events, in order to keep the audience informed. The SMM will work directly with the marketing/business director and the Editor in Chief to fulfill The Critograph’s social media needs. SMM will also complete related work as necessary. This position is required to work 5 hours a week. 

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Maintain The Critograph’s social media, with the exception of Youtube;
  • Post regular updates to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram accounts;
  • Maintain a calendar for scheduled posts with the marketing/business director 
  • Create social media advertisements as necessary;
  • Have knowledge of the methods necessary to track social media activity and statistics, and maintain a thorough documentation of the status of each account weekly;

Qualifications:

  • Be enrolled as a fulltime student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Have knowledge of the The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Distinguishing features of the job:

The multimedia editor shall be responsible for the video or audio content of the newspaper’s website and shall review the work submitted to the paper by desk editors or the University of Lynchburg Community. The multimedia editor will act as a major newspaper representative to outside entities and the student body, and does related work as required. This position is required to work 7 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Create regular video content;
  • Oversee the regular uploading of video content to the Youtube channel and other social media outlets;
  • Take responsibility for the content of the end-product, including any legal ramifications which may arise;
  • Promote the efforts of the newspaper;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The multimedia editor must:

  • Be enrolled as a fulltime student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Understand libel laws and other rules and regulations regarding journalistic practices;
  • Have knowledge of the The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be familiar with University of Lynchburg and the city of Lynchburg;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines

Ideally, the multimedia editor will have at least one semester of experience as a reporter or desk editor at The Critograph before becoming multimedia editor, although this is not required. Permission to hold this position without the above qualifications will be granted by the faculty advisor. 

MARKETING/BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Distinguishing features of the job:

The marketing/business director is responsible for all business office functions, including but not limited to: accounts payable, inventory control, accounts receivable, circulation, finance and cash management. Other duties consist of policy and procedure related to personnel and benefit administration, commercial delivery billing, financial forecasting, revenue analysis and budgeting. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and demonstrated commitment to customer service is also a requirement. 

Responsibilities and duties:

The marketing/business director must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Ensures compliance with all financial policy and procedure;
  • Evaluate and update circulation plan as necessary;
  • Supervise web editor, circulation manager, social media manager and advertising representatives. 
  • Review and manage the credit and collection procedures;
  • Calculate charges for each advertisements for each newspaper;
  • Generate ideas for expanding the readership and subscriber bases;
  • Perform subscription mail offs every Thursday;
  • Maintain a subscription list;
  • Sell advertisements as needed;
  • Maintain in house advertising campaigns;
  • Track hours for payroll by pay period and report to faculty advisor;
  • Meet with editor in chief weekly to report progress and changes;
  • Design and maintain contracts and sales materials;
  • Meet with faculty advisor to further discuss weekly progress and changes;
  • Be accountable to managing editor.

Qualifications:

The marketing/business director must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be a leader and interact well with staff members;
  • Be able to drive a campus car;
  • Have relevant marketing/business experience, with university courses in sales, finance or management preferred;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

CIRCULATION MANAGER

Distinguishing features of the job:

The circulation manager is responsible for all aspects of distribution and circulation of The Critograph, both on and off campus. The manager is also responsible for location and maintenance of all newspaper boxes. He or she is also responsible for maintenance of the newspaper morgue. This position requires 6 hours per week. 

Responsibilities and duties:

The circulation manager must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Maintain distribution racks and change advertising racks regularly as instructed by the marketing/business director;
  • Distribute the papers according to a list of drop points, recording the number of papers left at each location and the number of returns of the previous issue;
  • Submit a monthly report to the marketing/business director showing distribution trends;
  • Attend staff meetings as required;
  • Organize the newspaper’s morgue and lobby rack so back issues are readily available for research and do not clutter the office or its high trafficked areas;
  • Be accountable to the marketing/business manager and editor in chief 

Qualifications:

The circulation manager must:

  • Be enrolled as a fulltime student at the University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Be able to drive a campus car;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE

Distinguishing features of the job:

The advertising representative calls on and meets with clients concerning the sale of advertisements to be published in The Critograph. He or she works with the marketing/business director to produce effective advertising campaigns and print-ready ads. 

Responsibilities and duties:

The advertising representative must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Maintain a close working  rapport with currently established accounts and help these accounts with any questions they must have;
  • Establish new advertising accounts;
  • Keep an up-to-date file of each account’s advertisements;
  • Maintain an up-to-date journal of sales calls and his or her account list, keeping the marketing/business director informed;
  • Spend a minimum of one hour per week in the office and maintain a set schedule;
  • Meet quotas for sold advertisements each month;
  • Work with the marketing/business director to maintain accurate and current account balances for active and inactive accounts;  
  • Attend all departmental meetings;
  • Be accountable to the marketing/business director.

Qualifications:

The advertising representatives must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed by The Critograph.
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Operations Manual in regards to advertising;
  • Have transportation readily available for meetings with new accounts;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

COPY DESK CHIEF (CDC)

Distinguishing features of the job:

The CDC shall be responsible for the content of the newspaper and website and shall review the work submitted by desk editors. He or she works directly with the editor in chief to oversee the physical production of the newspaper on production nights. The CDC will also act as a major news representative to outside entities and to the student body, and does related work as required by the editor in chief. This position is required to work 7 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

The CDC must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Oversee the regular publication of The Critograph;
  • Use the spelling checker on all pages laid our personally;
  • Proofread each page in the newspaper (including editorial and advertising content) for spelling, grammar, accuracy and legality before sending each page to the printer;
  • Promote the efforts of the newspaper;
  • Attend editorial meetings as required;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The CDC must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Style Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook, and editing procedures;
  • Understand libel laws and other rules and regulations regarding journalistic practices;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Distinguishing features of the job:

The assistant editor shall proofread and edit copy for grammatical and spelling errors and bring to the attention of the desk editors and managing editor any material which might be libelous or otherwise questionable. Key aspects of the job include fact checking in articles, shooting photographs and writing stories as needed by the editor in chief. This position is required to work 7 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

The assistant editor must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Edit copy to meet requirements in The Critograph Style Manual  and the AP Stylebook;
  • Correct spelling and grammatical errors in copy;
  • Ensure that names are spelled correctly by using available resources or checking with the desk editor or staff writer;
  • Eliminate spelling, grammatical and/or other errors in headlines and cutlines;
  • Ensure headlines and cutlines follow guidelines set in The Critograph Style Manual;
  • Note any questions or comments about the copy for the desk editor and managing editor;
  • Attend editorial meetings as required;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The assistant editor must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Understand libel laws and other rules and regulations regarding journalistic practices;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Style Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook, and editing procedures;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

COPY EDITOR

Distinguishing features of the job:

The copy editor shall proofread and edit copy for grammatical and spelling errors and bring to the attention of the desk editors and managing editor any material which might be libelous or otherwise questionable. Key aspects of the job include fact checking in articles, shooting photographs and writing stories as needed by the editor in chief. This position is required to work 7 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

The copy editor must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Edit copy to meet requirements in The Critograph Style Manual  and the AP Stylebook;
  • Correct spelling and grammatical errors in copy;
  • Ensure that names are spelled correctly by using available resources or checking with the desk editor or staff writer;
  • Eliminate spelling, grammatical and/or other errors in headlines and cutlines;
  • Ensure headlines and cutlines follow guidelines set in The Critograph Style Manual;
  • Note any questions or comments about the copy for the desk editor and managing editor;
  • Attend editorial meetings as required;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The copy editor must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Understand libel laws and other rules and regulations regarding journalistic practices;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Style Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook, and editing procedures;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.

SPORTS COLUMNIST

Distinguishing features of the job:

The sports columnist shall interview coaches and student-athletes each week to highlight different sports teams on campus. Key aspects of the job include going to games, alerting the student body of upcoming events, and celebrating the different sports teams on campus. This position is required to work 7 hours a week.

Responsibilities and duties:

The sports columnist must:

  • Present a professional attitude and appearance to the public, understanding that the position will be viewed by the public as representative of The Critograph;
  • Be respectful during interviews;
  • Attend weekly Tuesday meetings;
  • Be accountable to the editor in chief.

Qualifications:

The sports columnist must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Lynchburg;
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average while employed at The Critograph;
  • Be able to work well with staff members;
  • Understand libel laws and other rules and regulations regarding journalistic practices;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Style Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook, and editing procedures;
  • Thoroughly understand The Critograph Operations Manual and its policies and procedures;
  • Be familiar with the University of Lynchburg’s Student Government Association Constitution and bylaws;
  • Be familiar with different sports;
  • Be able to handle responsibility and meet deadlines.