BCO: Bates News Assistant/Editorial Assistant (S9998C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Bates Communications Office is the source of great stories about the people and programs that make Bates one of the leading U.S. liberal arts colleges.

The BCO Editorial Assistant position is important to the College’s public communications strategy. Editorial Assistants are tasked with a challenging variety of activities including transcribing audio interviews, formatting campus event information and submitting to external websites, journalistic writing and copy-editing, brainstorming story ideas, research and interviewing, media database operations, and digital photo and audio editing. The position is a valuable way for a student to gather writing samples for a portfolio, gain exposure to the everyday workings of the media and communications industries, and absorb valuable experience in writing and editing, as well as basic office practices.

Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

The Basics

Department: Communications
Supervisor: Doug Hubley
Office Location: 145 Nichols St.
Email: dhubley
Pay Grade: C
Hours: 6-12
Workers: 1

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Editorial Assistants may be required to perform such tasks as transcribing recorded interviews, running errands on campus, and staffing the Communications Office reception desk. The Editorial Assistant must have strong editorial skills, a broad awareness of current events, a reverence for journalistic integrity, an inquisitive nature, an eye for editorial detail (including awareness of grammar, spelling, and word usage), a good sense of humor and must be fluent in English. Digital photography, audio, and video skills are also welcome. The Editorial Assistant must have experience in an office environment and demonstrated engagement with publishing and media or marketing communications. The Editorial Assistant must be able to climb stairs. Knowledge of Macintosh computers, and transcription software would be helpful.


Reports to: Doug Hubley