News Director

The News Director is expected to have strong time management, problem-solving and leadership skills, while being organized and diligent in ensuring their work is factually correct. The News Director will be responsible for overseeing the News Editor, Lead Reporter and volunteers. Due to the nature of the sections, it is preferable that the News Director is able to work comfortably in high stress situations. Candidates for this position must: 

  • Lead and train the News Editor and Lead Reporter and assist them with their skills;  
  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers; 
  • Contribute a minimum of one editorial per semester;  
  • Contribute one feature per semester;  
  • Develop content ideas for the section and submit them to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline;  
  • Be consistently up-to-date with the issues, concerns and events occurring within the respective field of coverage;  
  • Have knowledge of the operations within Laurier Campus as well as the outside community;  
  • Be well versed in the issues, concerns and events of the respective section;  
  • Hold weekly section meetings with volunteers and distribute content ensuring everything is covered;  
  • Provide feedback to volunteers weekly; 
  • Receive stories from volunteers, edit them for structure, content and CP style;  
  • Submit all stories to the Editor-in-Chief on a set deadline, unless otherwise negotiated;  
  • Be prepared to cover last-minute stories during Monday and Tuesday production;  
  • Place visual requests for all stories in a proper timely fashion;  
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to layout section; 
  • Contribute no less than two video ideas per month; plan and execute them with the help of the Multimedia & Website Director and Creative Director;  

Applicants are expected to provide two (2) sample pieces of writing that are preferably news-related. 

Serving the Waterloo campus, The Cord seeks to provide students with relevant, up to date stories. We’re always interested in having more volunteer writers, photographers and graphic designers.