The Barometer or magazine columnist pitches, researches and writes columns for the weekly print issues of The Daily Barometer or the three regular print issues of DAMchic and Beaver’s Digest. The columnist also produces online content as required by the editor-in-chief of the publications.

The columnists are held to the highest ethical and professional standards and practices. The columnist builds others up through mentoring, coaching and supporting.

The columnist follows OMN policies and procedures while advancing Orange Media Network’s reputation for excellence as a welcoming, engaging and inclusive organization.


  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Is knowledgeable in news gathering and fact checking strategies
  • Is knowledgeable in Associated Press (AP) Style or willing to learn AP style
  • Is knowledgeable of the SPJ Code of Ethics
  • Is organized and reliable
  • Is experienced with giving and receiving feedback
  • Is capable of leading and coaching others to be their best
  • Able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Able to remain professional and calm when working with difficult individuals and situations
  • Is knowledgeable and experienced in building and maintaining relationships with sources, stakeholders, partners, collaborators and the community
  • Meets university eligibility requirements, including but not limited to:
    • Must be currently enrolled at Oregon State University for at least 6 academic credits
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Must remain in a good academic standing from the term prior to selection and during the entire period of employment
  • Must complete all elements of Spring On-Boarding Curriculum

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 terms experience as a print contributor or multimedia contributor on OMN staff



  • Participation
    • Must attend and fully participate in OMN Boot Camp (Sept. 5-7, 2018; Sep. 10-12, 2018) and be available to work (Sep. 13-19, 2018) before school starts.
    • Must participate in Welcome Week activities (Sept. 21-23, 2018)
    • Fully participate in weekly staff or cohort meeting with adviser to train, review the week’s strengths and areas for improvement, and most importantly, brainstorm
  • Conduct
    • Act in a professional manner at all times
    • Be an enthusiastic representative of OMN
    • Be an enthusiastic coach and leader for staff and volunteers
    • Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as they are about their own successes
    • Be good stewards of OMN resources by ensuring that OMN equipment is only used for OMN work and following OMN policies and procedures
  • Leadership
    • Be an approachable leader within the OMN organization, capable of seeing things from the 5,000-foot level and representing the entire organization as needed
    • Work to create an inclusive culture of celebration and perseverance
    • Think only the best, work only for the best and expect only the best
    • Leave a legacy of accomplishment through an unwavering commitment to reflection, growth and serving the OSU community
  • Engagement
    • Consider audience needs in all content and production
    • Create content for print and online that engages OSU community
  • Communication
    • Notify adviser and the Director of OMN immediately should any ethical, legal, personnel or controversial problems occur
    • Alert professional staff immediately on issues with equipment, and proactively collaborate with adviser on anticipating and resolving issues with student staff, volunteers, readers, sources and others
    • Respond to emails and phone calls the same day, professionally representing OMN


  • Columnist Responsibilities
    • Meets deadlines
    • Pitches column ideas that have news values for the OSU community
    • Conducts research and necessary interviews to produce columns that are accurate, between 500-800 words, with at least three appropriate sources, demonstrate clear news values, and have a clear stance/opinion
    • Proofreads column and ensures written material is edited for grammar, punctuation, AP style and accuracy
    • Remains objective and provides fair and accurate coverage
    • Participates in readouts with editors to make any necessary revisions in style or content
    • Communicates any errors and corrections to editor-in-chief
    • Pursues news in a timely fashion
    • Suggests photo and/or video coverage to enhance column presentation online
    • Shares stories on social media to reach audience
    • Ensure all content strives to be representative of the myriad of experiences and identities of the OSU community through source selection, guest selection, topic selection and image selection
    • Attends all staff meetings as required by editor-in-chief
  • Management
    • Ensure you are using, checking and responding to BaseCamp for project management
    • Work collaboratively with other mediums to create a welcoming and inter-disciplinary environment
    • Other duties as assigned by the adviser, Director and editor-in-chief
  • Collaboration
    • Be a collaborator with fellow OMN leaders in the shared use of facilities, equipment and content to benefit all OMN publications, mediums and audience



Pay Rate: $30 per column

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