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The Mesa Journal is now hiring!

Thank you for your interest in the Mesa Journal, UTPB’s award winning student newspaper. The newspaper is currently a student-run publication overseen by Dr. Nichole Rougeau-Vanderford. On staff, we have an editor-in-chief, one staff writer, a business manager, and a staff photographer. If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please read the description below and follow the application procedures for the appropriate position.  A PDF of the employment application may be found below.  
 

Mesa Journal Employment Application.pdf

Position Descriptions

Editor-in-chief

  • Oversee the daily operations of The Mesa Journal
  • Work fifteen (15) hours per week in The Mesa Journal Office
  • Analyze the news content and readership
  • Monitor the quality of reporting, writing, photography, graphics and presentation of the news
  • Assign, coordinate, edit and layout stories
  • Oversee the newspaper website
  • Ensure all staff meet deadlines
  • Distribute The Mesa Journal
  • Represent the newspaper at UT-Permian Basin events.
  • Be an enrolled student either in an undergraduate or graduate program at UT Permian Basin.
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor when representing The Mesa Journal in any venue.

Assistant Editor

  • Help the Editor develop story ideas * Work ten (10) hours in The Mesa Journal office
  • Manage the news content
  • Analyze readership
  • Write, coordinate, edit, and layout stories
  • Update the newspaper website when necessary
  • Ensure writers meet deadlines
  • Aid the Editor in distributing The Mesa Journal
  • Represent the newspaper at UT-Permian Basin events
  • Facilitate the newspaper production in the absence of the Editor
  • Be an enrolled student either in an undergraduate or graduate program at UT Permian Basin.
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor when representing The Mesa Journal in any venue.  

Staff Writer

  • Accept assignments from the editor of The Mesa Journal and contribute a minimum of three (3) articles per issue of The Mesa Journal
  • Work six (6) hours per week in The Mesa Journal office, working on assignments and/or maintaining daily office operations
  • Meet all of the deadlines set by the editorial board and/or advisor of The Mesa Journal
  • Assist the editor and assistant editor with layout of each issue of The Mesa Journal
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor when representing The Mesa Journal in any venue.
  •  Be enrolled as a student either in an undergraduate or graduate program at UT Permian Basin.

Staff Photographer

  • Accept assignments from the editor of The Mesa Journal
  • Attend ten (10) photographic assignments per month and contribute a minimum of five (5) photographs per issue of The Mesa Journal
  • Work three (3) hours per week in The Mesa Journal office, working on assignments and/or maintaining daily office operations
  • Meet all of the deadlines set by the editorial board and/or advisor of The Mesa Journal
  • Format photographs for publication in The Mesa Journal
  • Assist the editor and assistant editor with layout of each issue of The Mesa Journal
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor when representing The Mesa Journal in any venue.
  • Be enrolled as a student either in an undergraduate or graduate program at UT Permian Basin.

     

Application Process

To apply for these positions, fill out the employment application form. Include in your application a typed statement of intent (approx. 200-400 words) to support your application for this position. Individuals interested in the editor, assistant editor, or writer positions need to include a writing sample, indicative of the writing skill for this position (from coursework, student publications, etc.). Those interested in the photographer post need to submit a photography portfolio consisting of an action shot, a nature shot, and a portrait shot.

Bring your application packet to the Mesa Journal office (MB 2138)

or send it to

Mesa Journal
University of Texas-Permian Basin
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762
Freelance Writers

The Mesa Journal encourages any UTPB student interested in writing to submit short works (200 words or less) of nonfiction, fiction, art, or photography in good taste to be considered for publication. However, there is no guarantee that your submission will be accepted.