minion • noun • min·ion \ ˈmin-yən
1: a servile dependent, follower, or underling
2: one highly favored
You know, some people take offense to the word “minion.” They say, “Isn’t that kind of demeaning? Why not interns?”
Well, interns fetch coffee, organize files and trudge through other menial tasks, just trying to get through the semester for those sweet, sweet college creds. Minions, on the other hand, work alongside our staff performing valuable tasks that facilitate learning and growth.
We prefer our Minions to have some experience in journalism and AP Style, but if you’re a quick learner, that won’t matter. What does matter is if you can write with a creative voice, but also professionally. It matters if you can follow instructions and learn from mistakes, because that’s how you get better. We want people with an inquisitive nature, excited to find and write new stories. And we need reliable people who can communicate well and be counted on to meet deadlines.
We take each Minion's experiences, talents and interests, and tailor tasks that fit their personalities. However, there are opportunities for Minions to get experience in all the projects we have to do here. There’s also a very good chance you’ll help out with our sister publication, MiBiz, the best business newspaper around (that’s just a fact).
Some of the tasks we have our Minions do include:
- Calendar listings
- Writing articles
- Research for future articles
- Social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Posting stories online
- Fact checking
- Considering getting Choo Choo Grill for lunch
All of these tasks will help prepare you for working in journalism, and most will help you become better writers and editors. If this all sounds interesting enough, send your resume and at least two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to explain why you’re interested in the position and what you can bring to the table as well.
The position is about 10 hours per week, depending on your schedule and what your school requires. Finally: Due to the skills needed for our real-world workload, Minions must have at least a junior standing in order to apply.