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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.


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.


Web Administrator

The Job

We’re looking for someone to maintain our ANU Observer website and email system! This role will involve system administration and irregular troubleshooting. For an organisation so digital-reliant as the ANU Observer, you’ll be involved in ensuring everything is running smoothly for our news and digital teams. Maintaining social media integration and working on the Observer website experience is also a key part of the role.

What you Need

This job requires fairly intermediate web-admin experience and knowledge. No equipment is necessary, and upon joining the team you’ll be briefed on current Observer technical infrastructure by the people who have set it up.


Graphic Designer

The Job

We are looking to group our team of graphic designers, to make sure that our publication is always looking tip-top! You will be required to create graphics for articles and for our website, assist in the creation of merchandise, and assist in the general day-to-day marketing of Observer.

What you Need

Experience with graphics software is ideal, and an understanding of basic graphics theory would be a plus! A great working knowledge of Canva would also be excellent, as sometimes there just isn’t time to whip out the Adobe Suite when we’ve got a breaking story!