The Sheaf staff includes 12 student members. Hiring for these positions takes place in March of each year, and any undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan can apply.
Working for the Sheaf is a great way to contribute to your local campus community and meet like-minded individuals with a passion for journalism, language and visual arts! Join our team for the chance to build your creative portfolio, learn practical career skills, make awesome new friends, expand your professional resumé, add value to your university education and make money doing something you love.
The Sheaf is written for students, by students, so whether you’d like to volunteer now — and take advantage of the opportunity for mentorship — or apply for one of our paid staff positions in the spring, we need student contributors like you to succeed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information today!
Links and descriptions of the jobs the Sheaf offers can be found below:
The EIC is responsible for all of the Sheaf’s content, both in print and online. Although individual editors are tasked with assigning stories to contributors, getting photos and graphics and ensuring the quality of the work, the EIC oversees how all those elements come together. They must be knowledgeable about all the articles each week and act as a resource for other staff members. Often, the EIC will be called upon to produce content quickly or unexpectedly in order to help out individual section editors. Strong editing and writing skills are must. The EIC should also be knowledgeable about the University of Saskatchewan and defamation laws.
This position requires someone with strong news instincts, who is knowledgeable about campus and knows where to find stories. Strong interviewing and writing skills are a must. In addition to writing and editing news stories from a number of contributors, the News Editor also mentors emerging writers eager to hone their journalistic talents.
The Culture section needs someone interested in all aspects of the arts world: film, music, television, visual arts, video games, student life, drama, etc. Even lifestyle-related content, like food and fashion, fits comfortably in this section. It is very open-ended, but a focus on local arts and culture is preferred. The Culture Editor should feel comfortable interviewing, writing, editing and keeping in close contact with contributors to help them with their articles.
The Sports & Health Editor is responsible for coverage pertaining to sports on campus as well as health issues and stories that pertain to and interest students. Huskies Athletics includes eight varsity sports that all require some level of coverage. The Sports & Health editor also has the option of covering esports and campus Recreation Services if desired. The editor must be adept at conducting interviews, keep up-to-date on campus sports and be a strong writer. The Sports & Health Editor also acts as a resource for contributors who need help finding and writing stories.
The Opinions Editor must be a news junkie familiar with local and national events and be able to craft thoughtful, insightful and original arguments about the world around us. This position also requires good writing, editing and fact-checking skills, as well as good communication with contributors about how best to write opinions articles and where to find good story ideas. The Opinions Editor is also responsible for the Distractions section of the newspaper.
The Staff Writer is required to write for all sections of the paper as needed and is assigned weekly articles by the EIC. This position also acts as a training opportunity and is an excellent place for people new to the Sheaf to get started. Finding stories, collaborating with the section editors and helping contributors are all part of the job.
Newspaper style is distinct from academic writing. It has to be succinct, informative and engaging. The Copy Editor reads all the articles going into each issue of the paper to ensure proper spelling and grammar, but also gives advice on how best to structure and articulate a piece according to the Canadian Press Stylebook. The Copy Editor also fact-checks for the paper, ensuring that all information we publish is accurate, and works with a team of volunteer copy editors.
Images are an essential part of print and online media. Sporting events, art shows and university announcements all require photographic documentation. The Photo Editor’s job combines the act of going out into the world to shoot photos with the technical editing and touch-up skills required to prepare an image for publication. Practical photography skills and experience with editing software is essential for this position. If you’ve got a penchant for Photoshop and a passion for still photography, think about becoming our Photo Editor. Plus you get to mentor a team of up-and-coming student photographers.
The Graphics Editor is an artist at heart. Illustrations, portraits, infographics, charts and graphs are all in the official domain of the resident Sheaf artist. The editor must have a strong sense for visual art as well as the imagination and artistic drive to produce a number of unique graphic ideas for every issue. The Graphics editor also serves as an artistic mentor for aspiring Sheaf artists and contributors.
The Layout Manager is an artist at heart, too, but prefers to design instead of draw, laying out the paper each week. A strong background and keen interest in typography, design, layout and graphics all play a key role in the Layout Manager’s job. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is needed.
It’s the Web Editor’s job to manage the Sheaf’s online presence. This includes maintaining and curating thesheaf.com and supporting the Sheaf’s social media efforts. A thorough knowledge of content-management systems (particularly WordPress) along with web design and the workings of the Internet in general are critical aspects of the Web Editor’s job. A working knowledge of computer science and programming for the web is recommended.
The mission of the Outreach Director is to increase the visibility and presence of the Sheaf on the U of S campus. The job description includes delivering and monitoring the pick-up of the Sheaf, planning events for the Sheaf, managing social media accounts, advertising the paper, attending events as a Sheaf representative and speaking to students and faculty at the U of S to advertise the Sheaf and obtain feedback. Graphic design is not required but is an asset.
*All positions, except for the Editor-in-Chief, are considered part-time. Hiring for ALL positions takes place in March of each year and training runs from mid-March until the end of April. The official employment contract for Sheaf staff runs from May 1 to April 30 of the following year.