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Role Description

Drifts is the student-run, bi-weekly newspaper of the Northland College community, an independent forum for in-depth news, events, opinions and ideas. As co-editors for Drifts, you are the means by which regular articles from staff writers and freelance contributors are printed and made available to the community. Chiefly, you are responsible for developing and dictating the vision of NCSP’s most frequent communication to campus.


All NCSP staff are expected to conduct themselves professionally as representatives of the College, be open to conducting independent research and verification alongside staff writers with guidance from the NCSP Director, and collaborating as a team on other publications when necessary.


A Drifts Editor is responsible for the following duties:


  1. Select and meet regularly with staff writers to plan each issue of the newspaper.

  2. Listen to article pitches from writers, assign articles, and ensure articles are submitted by applicable deadlines.

  3. Monitor and respond to communications received through in a timely manner, including the reception of articles and content from staff writers and freelance contributors.

  4. Advertise vacancies among the writing staff, and the desire for freelance contributions.

  5. Ensure for the timely pay of staff writers and freelance contributors by completion of check requests with the Business Office.

  6. Attend monthly all-staff NCSP meetings, propose a yearly budget and production schedule for the publication.

  7. Meet regularly and work closely in a creative capacity with a co-editor.

  8. Organize content and articles and be consistent with editing deadlines.

  9. Copy-edit and proofread submitted articles and content, and provide content of your own when necessary (counted as regular work hours).

  10. Provide regular feedback to staff writers.

  11. Layout and format the publication in a timely fashion in Adobe InDesign.

  12. Print in-house and distribute the publication across campus, in the community, and to print subscribers.

  13. Other duties as required.


Position Type

This position is a Campus Job funded privately by Academic Affairs and is non-work-study. According to federal law, a student may not work more than 20 hours per week (Sunday through Saturday) across all work-study and campus jobs while classes are in session.


Number of Positions Available

Two positions available.


Location & Hours

Editing can be performed remotely, while layout and formatting must occur within the Office of Student Publications. You will average 10 hours weekly, with an increase proximal to deadlines.


Pay Rate

All NCSP staff begin at a compensation of $10.00 per hour. Each year that you return as a hired member of NCSP you receive a raise of $0.50 per hour.



A Drifts editor is an enrolled student of Northland College, ideally with a good academic standing and who has provided submissions of high quality for Drifts in past semesters. They have taken courses in English such as journalism, and have taken courses in art, such as graphic design and typography. A Drifts editor must demonstrate skill in grammar, editing, and proofreading, and be keen to follow the NCSP style-guide. Applicants able to demonstrate knowledge of Adobe InDesign and intent to develop skills in graphic design, digital photography, and public relations are strongly preferred.


Training and refreshers will be coordinated by the NCSP Director as requested; these are preferences, not qualifications, and anyone who is interested in encouraged to apply!

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