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Southern Miss Student Media Center

Southern Miss Student Media Center


Staff Positions

Thank you for your interest in joining The Student Printz. addition to the duties listed below, each applicant must have a professional attitude, work well under pressure and work well with others.

Email [email protected] with the position you’re applying for and a resume. All but sports and copy editing applicants are required to submit three samples of their work. All written samples should be in AP Style with three sources. Photographers and videographers should submit work from three different photo/video sessions.

All of these positions are paid.

2020-2021 Executive Editor

The University of Southern Mississippi Board of Publications is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Editor of the Student Printz for the academic year, 2020-2021.

All applicants for the position should assemble a packet that includes: 

1. A letter of application.

2. A personal statement of intent that includes a statement of philosophy of goals, a plan for carrying out those goals, and an evaluation of the 2019-2020 Student Printz.

3. Your resume.

4. Three letters of recommendation to cover academic and professional credentials.

5. A complete transcript of all college-level work (Minimum 2.5 overall GPA required)

6. At least three writing samples by the applicant.

Submit your packet in PDF form to Dr. Julie Reid, ([email protected]) chair of the Board of Publications, by April 24, 2020. You will be contacted about an online interview.


News writers will report on on-campus, city and state news and look for ways to localize national stories. In addition, they will strive to be as data-driven as possible and might do a few investigations. They also might break a story or two.  News writers love working under pressure and holding public officials accountable.

Feature writers will write profiles on people and places with vivid descriptions and strategic organizational structure. Feature writers love telling stories in the most compelling ways possible and aren’t afraid to get personal in their interviews.

Lifestyle writers will cover the latest trends college students are following! This position is ideal for someone who is always up-to-date on the latest slang, fashion, memes and more!

Note: All three of these sections require three live sources, meaning you interviewed someone.

Entertainment writers will write reviews of music, movies, and local entertainment shows. They’re always looking at the Billboard charts and watching the latest movies. They also pay attention to the local musicians and actors in the area.

Opinion writers provide their hot takes on local, national and world news with facts to back up their arguments. They’re not afraid to share an unpopular opinion and address the other side. Political columnists in the opinion section will be encouraged to write at least twice a month about state or national politics. They’re glued to their phones when the latest news about the White House breaks and are excited to talk local and state politics.

Sports writers will cover Southern Miss Athletics with game recaps, analyses and feature stories. They will experience games from the press box and interview Southern Miss’ greatest athletes and coaches. Work samples are not required to apply. However, if the applicant has work samples, they are encouraged to send them.

Photographers and Videographers

Photographers and videographers will work closely with  to add a captivating, visual image or video to stories for our website and social media platforms. Applicants should have a knowledge of editing software like Photoshop, Lightroom, iMovie and Adobe Premiere.

Illustrators and Graphic Designers

Illustrators will mainly be responsible for adding creative visuals to opinion and entertainment stories, but may also be used for other sections, such as lifestyle, or assist in front page design. Applicants should know Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Copy Editors

A team of two or three will proofread stories for grammar and spelling errors and ensure that all stories are in AP Style. Copy editors will also be responsible for making sure stories are easy to read, accurate with credible sources and provide eye-catching headline suggestions. Applicants will take a copyediting quiz during their interview.

Next Steps

  1. The executive editor will look at your application materials and email you if they wish to set up an interview.
  2. You will be interviewed by the executive editor and one other editor at the scheduled time.
  3. Within a week of your interview, you will be contacted by the executive editor about the status of your application.

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