The Mobile Journalist will work on daily assignments to develop story ideas, contact sources, shoot short videos, and take pictures for posting to the Virginia Tech News site, the Virginia Tech homepage, the university’s official social media channels, and other platforms. Such assignments and tasks may occur concurrently, and will move from idea to finished piece within a few hours. The Mobile Journalist will also work across teams within University Relations to provide communications and marketing content for platforms that rely on a digital-first, create-once-publish-everywhere model. In addition, the Mobile Journalist will complete tasks that include posting site updates, editing copy, building pages, and scheduling email messages to audiences within the Virginia Tech community.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, videography, broadcast journalism, or related field
Portfolio of work that demonstrates experience in web production and/or multimedia journalism in a deadline- and results-driven environment
Writing and editing experience
Experience working with content management systems
Experience and confidence using current video production equipment – including cameras, editing systems, lighting instruments, and sound-recording equipment
Experience with audio, video, photo editing, and publishing software
Understanding of HTML coding and responsive web design
Master’s degree or specialized training that equates to an advanced degree
Specific experience using Adobe Creative Suite and Mac-based systems and software
Experience working with live-streaming video for varied audience sizes
Experience or knowledge working with captioning systems
Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver’s license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Must have criminal background check to include driver’s license check.
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
Candidates for this position are required to submit a document that includes links to online portfolios of past work, links to sites that feature their published work, or documents that feature writing samples – and where that work was published — when they apply.
Regional and national travel for the purposes of writing or producing stories, which may include overnights and weekends. Must have the ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.
Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed to cover particular events.
Additional positions may be added to this posting at a later time.
About this company
About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. The main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia which was recently named the “Best Place in the US to Raise a Family.”
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.
Recent Rankings for Virginia Tech:
Top 25 Public University – US News & World Report 2013
Top 25 Public Research University - National Science Foundation 2013
#1 Fittest College – Active Times 50 Fittest Colleges 2013
#1 Top Universities for Food & Dining – Cappex College Insider 2013
#1 Research Park – Association of University Research Parks 2010
#5 Best College Campuses in the US – Business Insider 2013
#5 Best Quality of Life – Princeton Review 2013
#7 Happiest Students – Princeton Review 2013
#13 Best Skilled and Educated Graduates – Wall Street Journal 2010
About the Community:
Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the Town of Blacksburg is part of Montgomery County in the heart of Virginia’s New River Valley. Because of the town’s award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the nation’s best places to live and has a nationwide reputation as a well-managed, growing, and forward-looking community.
Recent Rankings for the Community:
#1 Best Place in the US to Raise a Family – Homes.com 2012
#1 Best college Town in the South – Southern Living Readers Choice 2011
#2 Best College Football Town in America – USA Today 2012
#8 College Town in the nation – AIER Index 2013-14
#14 America’s Most Educated Small Towns – Forbes 2009
#39 Best Small Place for Business and Careers – Forbes 2013
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