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PACE Positions 

PACE Opportunities for Spring Semester 2013

 

The Ohio University Communications and Marketing (UCM) Internal Communications Team has two openings for PACE students in spring semester 2013!  We need great writers who want to build their writing skills and their portfolios in a real-world news/PR/writing environment.


These are writing positions—you’ll write news and feature stories for Compass and support those stories by participating in the UCM Compass social media effort. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in video, photo, and multimedia projects.

Positions require about 10 hours per week. We work around your class schedule.

You should have taken and passed a news writing class. Due to a non-compete agreement, students cannot write for/string for The Post while in a PACE position at UCM.
 

Interested? Click on the position titles below to learn more and get instructions for applying. You also can contact Todd Stone at stonet1@ohio.edu for additional information.


Note: Our PACE offerings for the next full academic year (2013–14) will be listed through the PACE website accessible here. However, we sometimes offer spring semester (only) PACE opportunities, which appear on this page.

Campus Issues, Life, and Events Reporter (SPRING SEMESTER 2013)

Responsibilities: This position has a unique perspective and knowledge that is valuable to UCM in our mission to provide complete, quality coverage to the University.

As a campus issues, life, and events reporter you will closely with UCM professionals to produce professional, well-written articles. Under the one-on-one mentoring and coaching of a practicing, professional communicator, you will write articles for publication on Compass news website (www.ohio.edu/compass) and other UCM venues. You will cover a wide variety of student, faculty, and staff events and issues.  Past students have written stories on interesting people and events—from Parents Weekend survival tips to international study stories to lectures by distinguished faculty to Zumbathons. If it’s a part of Ohio University life, events, or an issue, you’re likely to cover it.

As a campus issues, life, and events reporter you will have the opportunity to interview faculty, staff, students, and other sources; and write stories, news briefs, text to accompany videos and other assignments for publication. And, either on your own or as part of a student team, you may develop photography and video to help tell the story. Because collaboration is vital to our success, you will be encouraged to collaborate across teams at UCM as well.

As a campus issues, life, and events reporter, you will gain real-world experience while covering a community that you are closely connected to. You will be held to professional standards of work, behavior, and dress. As a result, you will leave UCM with a portfolio full of published clips crossing a variety of styles and subjects.

Each UCM PACE student will be assigned an individual writing mentor, who will assign written work based on the student's interests, strengths and professional goals. Students are also encouraged to pitch stories to their mentors, as vital members of the UCM staff.
 
Benefits of the Position: You will have an established professional mentor, helping you to hone your writing and equipping you with professional skills to be successful outside of college.

You will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of writing samples from a well-edited professional publication. You also have the opportunity to interact with top-level administrators, faculty members, and others in the course of their interviews.

This position helps prepare a student for positions in news writing, online journalism, public relations, and media settings by providing reporting, interviewing, and writing experience as well as insight into the editorial decisions and production issues involved in producing publications. You will be a part of an online newsroom, and, more so, part of a comprehensive information team.

You will perform valuable writing and editing services for UCM and can offer the staff insights into student life at Ohio University and frequently are called on to suggest stories for publications.

Past UCM student writers have gone on to work for national magazines, leading newspapers, big-city PR agencies, and top trade journals. UCM will work to give you the tools to fulfill your potential.
 
Qualifications: Journalism majors—in news editorial, online, PR, or magazine sequences—will have the best chance of landing this job. The successful candidate will have completed the news writing course and have a basic knowledge of interviewing for and writing news and feature stories as well as a familiarity with Associated Press style. The student also needs to be highly motivated and have an ability to interact professionally with a wide range of people. Candidates will be asked to provide writing samples during the interview process.
 
All years, first through fourth, will be considered for this position. UCM offers its PACE students the chance to earn professional experience close to home while not disrupting their academic schedule.
 

How to Apply: To apply, contact Todd Stone at stonet1@ohio.edu and attach résumé, cover letter, two writing samples, and two references. Tell us about your experience, what part you’re most interested in, and why you’d be the best candidate for the job.

Published writing samples are not necessary, though published samples are preferred; you can submit work from classes that you feel represents you best. Your reference can be a former supervisor, manager, professor, or anyone who can vouch for either your journalistic skill or work ethic.

Positions require about 10 hours per week. We work around your class schedule.

You should have taken and passed a news writing class. Due to a non-compete agreement, students cannot write for/string for The Post while in a PACE position at UCM.

General Writer (SPRING SEMESTER 2013)

Responsibilities: This PACE student will be assigned stories by University Communications and Marketing writers and media specialists; interview faculty, staff, students, and other sources; and write stories, news briefs, news releases, text to accompany videos and other assignments for publication. The student works closely with University Communications and Marketing professionals to produce professional, well-written articles and Compass stories. The general writer compiles articles for publication on the Compass news website (http://www.ohio.edu/compass/index.cfm) and other communications and marketing venues as well as for distribution to the media.

As a general writer, you will have the opportunity to interview faculty, staff, students, and other sources; and write stories, news briefs, text to accompany videos, and other assignments for publication. And, either on your own or as part of a student team, you may develop photos, photo essays, and video to help tell the story. Because collaboration is vital to our success, you will be encouraged to collaborate across teams at UCM as well.

As a general writer you will gain real-world experience while covering a community that you are closely connected to. You will be held to professional standards of work, behavior, and dress. As a result, you will leave UCM with a portfolio full of published clips crossing a variety of styles and subjects.

Each UCM PACE student will be assigned an individual writing mentor, who will assign written work based on the student’s interests, strengths, and professional goals. Students are also encouraged to pitch stories to their mentors, as vital members of the UCM staff.
 
Benefits of the Position: You will have an established professional mentor, helping you to hone your writing and equipping you with professional skills to be successful outside of college.

You will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of writing samples from a well-edited professional publication. You also have the opportunity to interact with top-level administrators, faculty members, and others in the course of their interviews.

This position helps prepare a student for positions in news writing, online journalism, public relations, and media settings by providing reporting, interviewing, and writing experience as well as insight into the editorial decisions and production issues involved in producing publications. You will be a part of an online newsroom, and, more so, part of a comprehensive information team.

You will perform valuable writing and editing services for UCM and can offer the staff insights into student life at Ohio University and frequently are called on to suggest stories for publications.

Past UCM student writers have gone on to work for national magazines, leading newspapers, big-city PR agencies, and top trade journals. UCM will work to give you the tools to fulfill your potential.


How to Apply: To apply, contact Todd Stone at stonet1@ohio.edu and attach résumé, cover letter, two writing samples, and two references. Tell us about your experience, what part you’re most interested in, and why you’d be the best candidate for the job.

Published writing samples are not necessary, though published samples are preferred; you can submit work from classes that you feel represents you best. Your reference can be a former supervisor, manager, professor, or anyone who can vouch for either your journalistic skill or work ethic.

Positions require about 10 hours per week. We work around your class schedule.

You should have taken and passed a news writing class. Due to a non-compete agreement, students cannot write for/string for The Post while in a PACE position at UCM.

 

UCM has provided me with such great opportunities to learn and hone valuable skills in video production.

—Justin, PACE student

 
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