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Opinion Editor



As a salaried employee, hours will vary, but must be able to work an average of 20 hours a week. The opinion editor will write and gather material for the opinion and editorial pages of the Emerald, and will be specifically expected to:

  • Run the twice-weekly meetings of the editorial board
  • Write the unsigned staff editorial, representing the views of the Emerald editorial board two times per week on average
  • Coordinate a staff of columnists, editing their work for inaccuracies, wordiness, poor organization, libel, bad grammar or other writing errors
  • Assist columnists in writing and in improving their work
  • Finish all writing on deadline and ensure that columnists do as well. All editorials, columns and guest submissions are due to the Managing editor at 3 p.m. one day before they are to be published
  • Ensure that columnists blog at least once a week
  • Coordinate staff illustrators and schedule illustrations to coincide with columns or editorials as appropriate
  • Verify and type in all letters and unsolicited commentaries, correcting minor grammatical and style errors but leaving the meaning intact
  • Follow Emerald rules for such submissions (word limits, libel restrictions, etc.)
  • Make sure all references to previous issues are accompanied by an accurate date for the issue (example: “Story headline,” ODE, May 15)
  • Keep an accurate record of all submissions
  • Prepare a daily budget for editorial pages before budget meetings
  • Keep regular office hours
  • Attend required staff meetings, and schedule weekly meetings with columnists
  • Attend week ahead meetings once a week, editorial board meetings twice a week and budget meetings at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Monitor the news daily to keep abreast of all issues that need to be covered, and see that no pertinent news is missed
  • Set individual goals each term to improve journalistic skills, and help others set goals each term to improve their journalistic skills
  • Contribute to supplements as needed
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Direct supervisor: Managing editor

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