Monday, January 21st, 2019

Letter from the editor: I’m hunting for new editors

Posted on September 15, 2014 in Letter From The Editor
By Sam Hill

We’re off to a good start this year at the Free Press. We have an enthusiastic crew of new editors, a slew of new writers entering the wonderful world of AP style, and photographers taking the plunge into a land without an auto setting. I couldn’t be happier with how our roster magically filled-up at the start of the semester.

But I’m already feeling tired. Between generating story ideas, coaching writers through putting together their first stories, getting editors into the groove of working with layout, making sure all of our content ends up online and writing my own stories, there’s not cup of iced coffee large enough to keep me awake. I’m just proud of myself for only missing one of my classes this past week.

I need some extra help and this past week I’ve worked to create new jobs at the paper to bring new staffers on board and help lighten the load.

Last week we announced that we were done with our sports section and were transforming it into a two-page community spread. Boy, was I relieved. No longer would empty or forced sports reporting haunt me at night.

One thing I didn’t think about was how we were going to fill the community page every week. I hadn’t heard from anyone interested in heading the section and we didn’t have any sort of job description for the position.

My bad.

After two weeks of working with freshman talent to fill the void, we’ve created an official position to lead the section. For the next couple weeks we’ll be looking for our new Community Editor. We need someone who knows the ins and outs of community in life at USM. We need someone who knows when the sororities are hosting their rushes, when the Portland Events Board is taking students bowling and when the boff club is … boffing. We need an editor who knows what student groups are planning, thinking and doing and can find students spending their time doing interesting things.  If that sounds like you, give us a call or shoot us an email so we can talk about your future here.

At the Free Press you’ll learn valuable media skills, meet new people and get free pizza once a week. Free. Pizza.

We’re also on the lookout for a Web Editor to handle our web presence. As tech-savvy as we are, we still are awful about getting our content up on our website in a timely fashion. On Monday mornings we eagerly await the delivery our our print-edition and breeze through what stories we’ll be working on for next issue and jet off to class. We need someone to be responsible for handling posting stories, coordinating photos and pushing that content out onto our social media platforms. If it doesn’t get tweeted, it’s like it never existed.

This position would be pretty flexible and you would be able to work with the team to develop a social media strategy that works and fits our needs. Come build a system from the ground-up with us as we focus our efforts online.

Each position comes with a bi-weekly stipend. And did I mention we eat a lot of pizza on the weekend?

If you think you fit the bill for either of these positions, email me at and we can set up an interview.


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