Badger volunteers

The Badger team produce and distribute The Badger and Badger Online which feature campus, local and national news written and edited by students. There are a variety of great roles for people who want to be part of an exciting student media project. 

Recruitment for these posts typically takes place during the summer term. 

We provide training and support to all of our volunteers.

The roles give you the opportunity to gain experience and develop your portfolio of work whilst contributing to student life at Sussex. There are a variety of roles that contribute to The Badger, click the role to find out more;

If you're more interested in contributing as a photographer or writer you can subscribe yourself to their mailing lists to hear about assignments.

ApplY

Applications for News sub-editor, Science, Features, Multimedia Editor & Graphic Designer are open now. Apply online

Applications close 12pm Friday 7th July.

Contact us about these roles

For more information please email the Editor-in-chief on badger@sussexstudent.com

Editor (10 hours per week) 

*The role of Editor has now been filled for 2017/18*

Note that as a Union funded and supported publication, the President has ultimate responsibility for The Badger and will step in if they feel the Student Media Code of Conduct is not being adhered to.

Coordinates the rest of the team.

About the role

The purpose of the role is to oversee the newspaper and support the team.

Support provided

The Editor is supported by the Societies Coordinator and the Media Compliance Officer

Time Commitment

Approximately 10 hours per week (and shouldn’t exceed much more than this). This includes weekly contributor’s meetings and editorial meetings that the whole team attends. This also includes oversight of the work of the relevant sub-editors and Heads of Divisions such as online, publicity and design throughout the week.

The Editor is expected to attend the following regular meetings:

  • Weekly meetings with the Editor, Section Editors and Heads of Divisions in order to be kept abreast of issues and share ideas
  • Monthly one-to-one meetings with the Societies Coordinator

The Editor is also expected to be involved in coordinating, writing and promoting The Badgers’ first issue for Freshers Week and training the team of editors in preparation for the first issue of the year.

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • To support, train and mentor the team of editors including ensuring they contribute sufficient time to the content and non-content aspects of the role (e.g. distributing The Badger)
  • To lead weekly editorial meetings, setting the tone for the content of the paper
  • To oversee the content and creation of the newspaper and the website and ensure that each section of The Badger adheres to the Student Media Code of Conduct and the direction set by the Editor and President. Particularly that is fair, wide-ranging in nature, presented with accuracy and impartiality, is not defamatory and does not breach copyright
  • To ensure that the content of each section of The Badger is of a high quality
  • To comply with the Students’ Union’s policies

Experience, knowledge and skills required

  • Experience of using InDesign
  • Some knowledge of Photoshop and Wordpress would be useful
  • The ability to manage a diverse workload and competing priorities to meet deadlines
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience of editing others’ work
  • Knowledge of journalistic principles and how these apply in a student newspaper
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and confidently when working with others
  • A vision for how the Badger should develop
  • Knowledge of relevant media law, particularly defamation and copyright

This role would suit you if you are

  • Interested in developing teamwork and leadership skills
  • Passionate about student media
  • Interested in current affairs and/or the arts
  • Looking for experience in a fast paced working environment

Skills you can gain in this role

  • Interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Time and project management

Benefits of this role

  • Access to additional training such as project management and time management
  • Excellent experience and development opportunities
  • Training including team leadership and media law

*The role of Editor has now been filled for 2017/18*

Online Production Editor (6-8 hours per week)

Responsible for curating weekly upload schedule, working with section editors to ensure regular publication of quality content online.

  • Work with Multimedia Editor to develop new forms of content, such as live blogs, podcasts and video reporting.
  • Work with Online Sub-editor to ensure smooth functioning of the online site for The Badger.
  • Work with Publicity Officer to grow readership and outreach online.
  • Assist Editor-in-chief with administration and management of The Badger

 

Print Production Editor (6-8 hours per week)

Responsible for curating biweekly print content; working with section editors to ensure regular publication of quality content.

  • Work with Publicity Officer to grow readership and outreach
  • Manage distribution of the print edition.
  • Assist Editor-in-chief with administration and management of The Badger

 

News (Approx. 6 hours editor, 2-4 hour sub-editors)

Responsible for overseeing all content going into News that week, being proactive in finding stories - on campus, in Brighton, and nationally.

The News Editor will also be responsible for managing a team of sub-editors, helping them get to grips, delegating stories, editing content and making stories work on the page.

The position gives you the opportunity to speak to interesting people from all walks of life, provide you an inroad into a career in journalism, and give you the opportunity to explore original investigative journalism.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Comment (4-6 hours per week, 2-4 hours sub-editors)


Comment Editors are responsible for sourcing content for 3 pages: opinion pieces, columnists and the Big Debate. We welcome and include pieces about national, international, local and campus issues. Anything you want to celebrate, criticise or discuss is welcome.

Comment is the platform for discussion and debate on campus, so an open mind and love of respectful and diverse debate is essential.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Features (Approx. 4 hours per week Editor, 2-4 hours per week sub-editors)

Features is the section for sourcing longer-form content, including personal essays, interviews and one-off special features. It is a perfect platform for exploring niche topics in accessible, exciting and personal ways.

In particular, Editors would take charge of the returning ‘Academic Armchair’ page based on interviewing a different Sussex academic every edition.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Arts (Approx. 6 hours per week editor, 2-4 hours sub-editors)


The Badger includes previews of upcoming films, music, theatre, books and local events, as well as opinion and analysis of contemporary issues in the Arts. The Arts team has dedicated roles for Music, Theatre, Film, and Books Editors, as well as taking charge of The Street page, which showcases artistic expression of all kinds by and for Sussex students - photos, drawings, cartoons, poems, stories and so much more.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Culture and Lifestyle (4 hours per week)

The Culture and Lifestyle section is one of the most versatile parts of The Badger. It ranges from restaurant reviews to fashion to opinion analysis of cultural issues. Culture Editors have always had a wide array of multifaceted interests, hobbies, and avocations.

The purpose of the role is to source and commission high quality, relevant content for online and print.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Science (4-6 hours editor, Approx. 2 hours sub)


Produce science and technology-based features and stories, particularly focusing on bringing relevant cutting-edge research to Sussex students’ attention in an accessibly written style.

The purpose of the role is to source and commission high quality, relevant content for online and print.

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Sports (4-6 hours editor, Approx. 2 hours sub)


The sports section of The Badger aims to keep readers up to date with sport both Sussex and national, as well as sporting features and opinion tackling in-depth specific aspects of the sports world.

The purpose of the role is to source and commission high quality, relevant content for online and print, as well as cover local live sporting events (with the added perk of press passes!)

Section editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Management and Marketing Officer (Approx. 2-4 hours per week)

Responsible for:

  • Distribution of the print edition
  • Administration of the team, such as organising editing schedules          
  • Liasing with Events and Publicity Officers to promote the paper.
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief with branding and outreach direction of The Badger.

 

Events Officer (2-4 hours per week)

Responsible for planning and organising events for The Badger to host.

  • Examples of past events include inviting outside speakers, public debates and socials.
  • Working to increase readership, writer participation and campus engagement.

 

Publicity Officer (2-4 hours per week)

Responsible for finding new ways to promote readership and writer participation.

  • Work with Events Officer to promote and publicise Badger events
  • Manage Badger social media strategy
  • Section Editors are also expected to assist with distribution of the print edition.

 

Multimedia Editor (Approx. 4 hours per week)

  • Work to develop new forms of content, including live blogs, podcasts and video content.
  • Working with Online Production Editor to expand The Badger’s range of content as an online publication.
  • Opportunity to gain experience working across print, online, audio and visual media, and working with a range of sections and content forms.

 

Graphic Designer (Approx. 4 hours per week)

The Badger is a great opportunity for many different elements of design: from work with Publicity and Events to create participation and advertising campaigns, to work with section editors and the Editor-in-Chief to design page templates, graphics and branding for print and online content.

 

Online Sub-editor

The online sub-editor is responsible primarily for ensuring smooth functioning of The Badger website, so IT skills and experience of Wordpress are essentials. They would also work with the Online Production and Multimedia Editors to develop and manage online content for the Badger.

Photographer

  • Work with the News Team to photograph events and source front-page photos
  • Work with section editors, as well as Events and Publicity, to cover events the Badger is reporting on.

Letters Editor

Letters is the page for short contributions to have your say on campus affairs, from humorous excoriations of seagulls to mini-think pieces on education policy. Letters also features Pet of the Week, the best of Sussex’s tweets and anecdotes, and discussion and response to previous Badger stories.

Proof Reader

  • Check draft stories for grammar, style and spelling errors
  • Read through the final version of the print edition before going to print
  • Be a point of contact for section editors to check content before it is uploaded online.

Applications are open now. Apply online

Applications close 12pm Friday 7th July

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