The Advocate is hiring for Fall 2014!

If you’re a dedicated student with a passion for writing, then you’re a perfect fit for The Advocate team. Check out our open positions for Fall 2014 and kick-start your career today! The Advocate provides aspiring journalists with real-world experience where you have to meet deadlines and pitch story ideas.

We will be accepting applications until April 18, with interviews starting April 21. Submit your applications with a resume, or slide it under The Advocate office door, located in CMU 110.



-Come up with story ideas

-Recruit and monitor writers

-Organize staff members’ assignments

-With assistant editor, monitor news section (because there isn’t a news editor)

-Stay in contact with photo editor to make sure each section has photos

-Make the ultimate decisions on what is published

-Be available for all staff members to go to when they need help

-Work with business manager and ad manager to ensure healthy fiscal state

-Let business manager know about changes to payroll (example: someone is sick and doesn’t come to layout that week)

-Design front page and back page (with headlines)

-With assistant editor and opinion editor, write editorial

-Always check Advocate email for story ideas, comments, etc.

-Check messages on Advocate phone

-Make own decisions and innovations on the newspaper

-Stay in contact with printer and send paper to them every Tuesday night

-Stay in contact with adviser, and seek help when needed

-With assistant editor, hire staff members (for the following year, and when needed)

-Do everything humanly possible to make sure the paper comes out

Assistant Editor:

-Design News pages (with headlines)

-Come up with story ideas

-With editor, monitor news section

-Stay in contact with photo editor for news photos

-With editor and opinion editor, write editorial

-With editor, hire staff members (for the following year, and when needed)

-Assist editor when needed on all things (so they do not go crazy)

Opinion Editor:

-Hire columnists and cartoonists

-Make sure the opinion section is filled each week

-Design opinion pages (with headlines)

-With assistant editor and editor, write editorial

A&E & Sports Editors:

-Monitor own section

-Come up with story ideas for section

-Design pages for section (with headlines)

-Stay in contact with photo editor to make sure photos accompany stories in section

-Seek editor if help is needed

Photo Editor:

-Hire photographers, Give them assignments

-Make sure each section editor has the photos they need

-Make decisions on which photos are best for publication

-Work with editor on deciding which photos are published

-Edit all photos for publication (print and web)

-Seek editor if help is needed

Copy Editors (2):

-Edit every page on Sunday nights during layout

-Each page goes through three rounds of edits. Two copy editors view the page each round.

-While editing pages, pay attention to everything: AP style, grammar, wording, captions, photos/graphics, headlines, etc.

-Seek editor if help is needed

Web Editor:

-Post everything to website

-Monitor social networking accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs)

-Design/maintain website

-Help with multimedia such as videos and podcasts

-Seek editor if guidance is needed

Business Manager:

-Mail invoices

-Balance Advocate checkbook (using Quickbooks)

-Work with ad manager on revenue

-Create yearly budget

-Keep advisor informed on budget concerns, seek help when needed


-Pick up mail


The purpose of The Advocate, as a print and online publication, is to ethically inform and entertain students, faculty, alumni and other members of the MSUM community on subjects regarding university issues and college life.

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