OMN Columnist Job Description


As a member of Orange Media Network, you will be responsible for student-produced content and ensuring student staff members are held to the highest ethical, fiscal and professional standards and practices. You will recruit, lead and supervise student employees and volunteers while advancing Orange Media Network’s reputation for excellence in all media forms and as a welcoming, engaging and inclusive organization. You are responsible to set the tone of the department as a collaborative, supportive environment, and should celebrate and take pride in the success of others with the same enthusiasm as you take pride in your own accomplishment. As a leader, you should build others up through mentoring, coaching and supporting, while also managing and directing work.



  • Act in a professional manner
  • Be a leader to staff, producers, and volunteers
  • Be a collaborator with fellow Orange Media Network leaders in the shared use of facilities, equipment and content to benefit all Orange Media Network publications
  • Take required journalism foundations training with journalism coordinator
  • Commitment to truth, accuracy, and ethics
  • Meet university eligibility requirements


  • Previous experience writing for the Barometer or other publication
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Meet university eligibility requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous newspaper or media experience
  • Social media experience
  • Knowledgeable in news gathering and fact checking strategies
  • Prior experience on OMN staff



  • Gather, pitch and create opinion columns for The Daily Barometer and Orange Media Network magazines, as assigned my editors.
  • Provide at least one well-researched and accurate opinion column per week:
    • Turn in columns that are between 500 and 800 words
    • Turn in columns with at least three appropriate sources
    • Turn in columns that demonstrate clear news values
    • Turn in columns with a clear stance/opinion
  • Meet all deadlines.
  • Ensure all content is accurate, fair, and complete prior to publication.
  • Attend weekly news team meetings with Barometer editor, Web & Mobile team, and other news team members to plan, organize, pitch and assign news stories to reporters. Collaborate with Barometer editor on all news coverage decisions.
  • Immediately respond to questions and comments from community with the utmost professionalism.
  • Collaborate with outside organizations around campus and represent Orange Media Network proudly and professionally while looking for opportunities to build audience and participation in the network.
  • Participate in the NMC 409 open house the first Wednesday of every term


Additional responsibilities include:

  • Participate in OMN Boot Camp beginning Sept. 6. You will begin planning, working, and training each day leading up to the start of the academic year.
  • Work to create a legacy of assessment and constant improvement in the pursuit of quality and excellence
  • Participate in weekly training with adviser and OMN staff to train, review the week’s strengths and areas for improvement, and most importantly, brainstorm
  • Notify Adviser and the Director of Orange Media Network immediately should any ethical, legal, personnel or controversial problems occur
  • Alert professional staff on issues with equipment.
  • Hold regular office hours at Orange Media Network, at least half of these hours should be during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday). Hours may vary during different stages of the term
  • Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own
  • Check and respond to emails and phone calls immediately, professionally representing Orange Media Network
  • Other duties as assigned by the adviser, director
  • Think only the best, work only for the best and expect only the best

Pay Rate: $30 per column


I have read and acknowledged the responsibilities of this position.  I understand that accepting this position is dependent on meeting the criteria above.  Implicit in this agreement is compliance with all University standards and guidelines.

OSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.