BCO: Editorial Assistant (S9998C)
Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities
The Bates Office of Communications is responsible for the College’s media activities, publications, sports information and official web pages. In short, the Communications Office is the source of great stories about people and programs that make Bates one of the leading U.S. liberal arts colleges.
In the Communications Office, students interested in writing and editing, print and e-publishing, media relations and college communications will find exciting opportunities to learn about these fields and develop skills by working with seasoned professionals, including former journalists.
The Editorial Assistant position is important to the College’s public communications strategy. The Communications Office Editorial Assistants are tasked with a challenging variety of activities including journalistic writing and copy-editing, research and interviewing, media database operations and such miscellaneous jobs as digital audio editing. The position is a valuable way for a student to gather writing samples for a portfolio, gain exposure to the everyday working of the media and communications industry, and absorb valuable experience in writing and editing.
At times, the Editorial Assistants may be required to perform such tasks as mailing hometown press releases, transcribing recorded interviews, running errands on campus and staffing the Communications Office reception desk.
Please Note: The Editorial Assistant must have strong writing and editing skills, a broad awareness of current events, a reverence for accuracy, an eye for editorial detail, (including awareness of grammar, spelling, and word usage) and be fluent in English.
Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:
- Report and write articles for the Bates website, Bates Magazine, and Communications Office press releases
- Associated Press-style copy editing.
- Rewrite and re-purpose text for a variety of publications.
- Perform web and library archival research for Communications Office staff.
- Digital audio editing and production.
- Cover the reception desk.
- Run campus deliveries.