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What is a media laboratory?
The student media organizations at Portland State function as learning laboratories where students can learn, not only by doing, but also by reflecting on how their practices relate to their development as leaders and function within the context of their local and greater communities. While many students aspire to consistently meet professional standards, they also have the freedom to experiment in ways they never might in non-educational organizations.
Who is eligible to work with Portland State Student Media?
All PSU students are eligible to participate in Student Media. However, to serve as organizational leaders or independent contractors, undergraduates must have an institutional GPA of at least 2.5 and must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits. Graduate students must have an institutional GPA of at least 3.0 and must be enrolled for a minimum of 5 credits.
What we're looking for.
- News Reporters
- Science/Technology Reporters
- International/Cultural Reporters
- Arts/Entertainment Reporters
- Sports Reporters
- On-Camera Reporters
- Opinion & Analysis Writers
- Web Designers/Developers
- Graphic Designers
- Audio Podcasters
- Ad Sales Representatives
- Newspaper/Magazine Distributors
Why should I join?
- Enrich the intellectual and cultural climate at PSU.
- Gain experience and hone skills in your areas of interest.
- Build your portfolio.
- Get your work seen or heard on a campus of 30,000 students.
- Make friends and be part of a team.
- Learn to become an effective leader
What will be expected of me if I work for PSU student media?
Students are expected to abide by all Student Media policies. Questions or concerns regarding these expectations should be brought to organizational leaders and/or the coordinator of student media.
Are certain roles in Student Media paid?
The primary motivation for joining PSU’s student media organizations should be intrinsic, namely, passion for public service, creative expression, and personal growth. However, student media organizations do provide limited compensation for certain roles that come with greater time commitment, expectations, and responsibilities. These include Educational Leadership Service Awards (ELSA), given to those in leadership positions such as editors and managers, and independent contractor pay. Students who do not receive compensation can choose to volunteer. Contact the manager or editor of the organization you're interested in for further infomration about available roles and requirements.
Are there any current openings?
View our position announcements.
How do I apply?
Each organization has its own application process. For those groups that have applications or submission forms online, we have provided links to them below. Students interested in applying to organizations that aren't listed below should contact the editor or manager of the media group they are interested in.
Apply to be an Independent Contractor
Independent contractors can work as freelance reporters, opinion writers, photographers, videographers, audio producers, cartoonists, designers, and copyeditors. They may work for the Vanguard, Rearguard, or Portland Spectrum. The work is paid per published item.
Want to learn more? Resources for students
The following website serves as a resource hub for students interested in learning more about the world of media. It contains guides for carrying out various media practices (example: the fundamentals of constructing a news story), and provides informative articles and links that might be of use to media students and budding professionals.