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Reporters

The Job

Reporters to go to events and meetings, interview important people, search through documents, and then write all of it down. If you’ve got a little writing skill, a little understanding of journalism, and a lot of tenacity, you’re perfect.

As a reporter, you’ll be researching, writing, proofing, and otherwise helping with whatever Observer needs. This is a very small organisation, and it is all hands on deck – we will expect you to help out with whatever needs doing.

Expectations

We expect roughly one investigative piece or two shorter pieces a week from reporters. We will also ask you to spend time attending events and meetings, talking to people, and researching a bunch of different stuff. We will also ask you to proof articles, transcribe interviews, and help with other administrative stuff. All told we estimate a workload of 8 -10 hours a week for reporters, liable to fluctuate based on the busyness of the week.

What’s in it for you

Reporting the news is its own reward. That majestic feeling of knowing the student citizenry is more informed due to your actions, that’s impossible to replicate. But also, you’ll get a whole lot of skills. The ability to investigate a topic thoroughly is useful. Knowing the standards, procedures and tactics of reporting, editing and publishing is also excellent. Finally, having student positions is nice to put on a resume, but being able to point to a body of work you’ve created is way better.


Research Analysts

The Job

Researchers are the document-scourers, story-getters and number-crunchers of the news team. Your job will be similar to reporters, except you can have little to zero involvement in actually writing and publishing news. If your skillset is less in vocabulary and descriptiveness, and more in reading through every page of ANU Council minutes to find the interesting stuff, this is the role for you.

Expectations

You will spend roughly half your time doing research asked for by Editors and reporters, like checking the increase in international student fees, comparing returner rates for colleges over the years, or finding out the historical origins of ANUSA. The other half of your time will be self-directed; we place a high value on researchers having time and space to look into whatever interests them or catches their eye at the University, because it often leads to stories we would otherwise have missed. All told we estimate a workload of 8 -10 hours a week for researchers, liable to fluctuate based on the busyness of the week.

What’s in it for you

Being part of the news process, and knowing thousands of people have read what you put together is a reward by itself. But research skills are also among the most prized in the workplace, and are beneficial to develop for life in general. You’ll also be credited on stories where you had a major contributing role, which allows you to build a portfolio of work.


News Photographers

The Job

We want you to be on-call for photography of campus events and shots for articles. This means breaking events, like protests, demolitions, and other campus news stuff. We also need standard cover photos for articles, usually pictures of people or buildings on campus. Finally, we want you to build up a backlog of generally useful campus shots which we might need for articles.

What you Need

You don’t need any formal qualifications, but some experience with photography is preferable. Also, ideally you’ll have your own camera, as we don’t have anything too brilliant. We’re still mostly self-funded!


Video Editors

The Job

We want to start making informative, graphic and voice driven videos explaining topical campus issues. We want you to help produce those videos, including animating graphics and text and editing audio. We’ll also be making news video, including interviews and footage of protests and other events, which you’ll help edit.

What you Need

Some experience in video editing is necessary. We’ve been working in Adobe Premiere Pro so far, but if you have preferred software we can make that work. Experience in graphic design, audio editing, and cinematography are a great plus.


Livestreamers

The Job

We need people to film and livestream! For livestreaming, this means coming to events, setting up gear, and operating the camera and maintaining the stream throughout the event being streamed. We also want news footage, so you’ll be coming to major events and operating a camera and/or microphone, as well as helping out with footage of interviews, and general campus footage for other projects.

What you Need

No experience is necessary, though some prior camerawork is obviously great. We can teach you how to do live-streaming very easily.