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Company:

The Amsterdammer

Location:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Start Date:

September 1st, 2018

End Date:

December 15, 2018

Employment Type:

Unpaid Position

Application Deadline:

If you are applying for the Managing Editor Online or Assistant Editor position, your application is due July 14, at 8pm. If you are applying for any other position your application is due August 5, at 8pm.

Requirements

  • Be available for last-minute calls
  • Strong writing or photography skills*
  • Self-motivated
  • Can work on a short deadline
  • Preferably also basic knowledge of: WordPress, Adobe Lightroom, Google Drive

*No prior experience in journalism is required.

Education

Currently enrolled in a University in the city of Amsterdam

Your Application

Please submit your application, consisting of a short motivation letter and your CV, via e-mail with the position you are applying for in the subject title to contact@theamsterdammer.org.

Positions:

  • Assistant Editor
  • Managing Editor Online
    • Social Media Manager
  • Copy Desk
    • Copy Desk Chief
    • Copy Editor
  • Editor
    • Metro Editor
    • University Editor
    • Avenue Editor
    • Opinion Editor
    • Photo Editor
  • Staff
    • Reporter
      • University Reporter
      • Metro Reporter
      • International Reporter
      • Avenue Reporter
    • Columnist
    • Photographer
    • Videographer

Assistant Editor

Key Responsibilities (included but not limited to):

  • Plans and prepare the weekly General Staff Meeting alongside the EIC and MEO
  • Maintains constant communication and support to the Editor-in-Chief
  • Assists writers and section editors with writing and leading
  • Prepares for editorial board meetings by briefing editor and bringing any necessary materials
  • Oversees all content, writers and issues
  • Assists editor-in-chief with the website
  • Checks that all stories are assigned and deadlines are established
  • Enforces deadlines for stories and production
  • Organises workshops or events if needed to help the staff

Managing Editor Online

Key Responsibilities (included but not limited to):

  • Attend and prepare the weekly General Staff Meeting alongside the Editor-in-Chief
  • Oversees staff and editorial workflow
  • Edits all written submissions in preparation for publication
  • Offers guidance to freelancers and staff
  • Contributes content in the form of columns, editorials, or news articles as necessary.
  • Monitors WordPress and Google Docs to make sure all drafts are posted on the day they are due
  • Serves as a member of the editorial board
  • Creates monthly calendar
  • Writes ideas on board (stories, editorials, etc.)
  • Organize staff events and workshops
  • Responsible for public relations (advertising special editions, generating funds to pay for events/fundraising)
  • Other duties as assigned by the editor-in-chief
  • Monitors the website and its layout
  • Monitors Slack and the good communication among the staff

Social Media Manager

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Publish content on social media
  • Work alongside Managing Editor Online to find ways to promote the newspaper

Copy Desk

Copy Desk Chief: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Run the copy desk
  • Select and work with copy editors
  • Proofreading every story with the copy editors
  • Check for fact, grammar and AP style errors
  • Assign stories to edit to the copy editors
  • Maintain constant communication with the copy editors and Editor-in-Chief

Copy Editor: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Provide at least 1 column per week
  • Maintain a constant communication with the Copy Desk Chief
  • Fix any grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors
  • Double check that names, places, and organizations are spelled properly
  • Check that facts, dates and statistics are accurate
  • Write headlines and subheads for articles
  • Work closely with writers, suggesting changes to enhance articles’ readability
  • Correct mistakes according to the Associated Press stylebook

Section Descriptions

The Amsterdammer is divided into five sections:

  • Metro section: coverage of stories from the city of Amsterdam.
  • University section: coverage of stories involving the University of Amsterdam, they can vary from the student life to events organized in CREA.
  • Avenue section: coverage of stories that concern entertainment, food, fashion and music from the city of Amsterdam.
  • International section: coverage of stories that concern global issues or international news.
  • Opinion section: it includes columns, letter to the editor or editorials written by the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor Online or Opinion Editor.

Editors

When applying, specify your section of preference

Metro, University and Avenue Editor: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Secure that the reporters provide content on time, and every week*
  • Maintain a constant communication with reporters
  • Assign events to cover to reporters
  • Edit stories
  • Provide a feedback of the content edited to the reporters

*Once a week, the Metro Editor has to assure that there is one article coverage international news for the International section.

Photo Editor: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Tell when the story is assigned
  • Use photo editing tools such as Lightroom or Photoshop to improve the look of the photo
  • Assure that the photo reflects reality
  • Secure that the photographers provide content on time, and every week
  • Maintain a constant communication with photographers and videographers
  • Provide a feedback of the content edited to photographers and videographers
  • Assign events to cover to photographers and videographers

Opinion Editor: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Provide at least 2 articles per week
  • Maintain a constant communication with the editor of their section
  • Available for last-minute calls to cover breaking news
  • Write articles according to the Associated Press stylebook
  • Assure objective coverage of the events

Staff

When applying, specify your section of preference. Rank from 1 to 3, in which 1 is the section you would like to cover the most and 3 the one you like the less. For example: (1) University reporter, (2) Metro reporter and (3) Columnist. Reporters can apply for the following sections: Metro, University, Avenue, International.

Reporter: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Provide at least 2 articles per week
  • Maintain a constant communication with the editor of their section
  • Available for last-minute calls to cover breaking news
  • Write articles according to the Associated Press stylebook
  • Assure objective coverage of the events

Columnist: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Provide at least 1 column per week
  • Maintain a constant communication with the Opinion Editor
  • Available for last-minute calls to cover breaking news
  • Preferably, cover a specialized area of interest (e.g. politics, sports, religion, fashion, personal advice, etc.)

Photographers and Videographers: Key Responsibilities

  • Attend the weekly General Staff Meeting
  • Provide at least 1 photo story and 3 features/ 1 video per week
  • Maintain a constant communication with the Photo Editor
  • Available for last-minute calls to cover breaking news
  • Write captions according to the Associated Press stylebook
  • Assure objective coverage of the events
  • Record news, current events and lifestyle stories
  • Tell a story or convey a message
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