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Journalism and Communication Positions

Editor, Southern Accent
     The Southern Accent is the student produced newspaper of Southern Adventist University. It's published weekly during full weeks of school from September through April. It includes the voice of the student opinion and activities as well as general information and discussion of issues about the university and surrounding community. Editors are expected to organize a creative team of writers, copy editors, layout and photo editors. The editor is also expected to oversee finances and manage the Accent's website and social media accounts. The editor and the Southern Accent should be in accordance with the SAU Student Media Policy. Editors are expected to have significant journalistic experience preferably on a newspaper, completed advanced journalism courses, and developed a portfolio of published writing. The Southern Accent editor functions under the direction of a faculty/staff advisor.

Editor, Southern Memories

     The Southern Memories is a narrative and pictorial depiction of the year in a book form presented in harmony with the requirements of the  SAU Student Media policy. It's published in Mid-April and the release date must be set for the night of Strawberry Festival. The editor is expected to demonstrate strong graphic design and/or publication editing experience preferably by completing journalism, art, or desktop publishing courses or commensurate work experience. The Southern Memories editor functions under the direction of a faculty/staff advisor. 

Producer, Strawberry Festival

     The Strawberry Festival, usually stages in mid-April, is SAU's annual multi-media year-in-review entertainment program that coincides with the release of Southern Memories, the university's yearbook. 
     The university's Screening Subcommittee must review Strawberry Festival prior to its public showing. At all times, the producer is expected to comply with the Student Media policy.
     The Festival Studio's producer is expected to have experience in photography, video shooting, and editing using dSLR cameras, the ability to organize and manage a creative team. The producer functions under the direction of a faculty/staff advisor.      

SA Communication Director:

  • Control Direct Messages from students.
  • Overview postings.
  • Ensure there is no double posting with other SA accounts.
  • Communicate between the different parts of SA and their accounts.
  • Come up with ideas to get students to express their ideas and concerns.
  • Help with productions to reach out to students.
  • Overview changes in the SA Website.
  • Work with the Marketing Director to brainstorm ways to promote SA.
  • Participate in and support SA functions.

SA Marketing Director (PR Director):

  • Design artwork
  • Has full control over all of SA’s social media accounts.
  • Promote the SA as a whole as well as specific events.
  • Submit budget to the SA Financial Vice President.
  • Coordinate public displays announcing any SA events.
  • Serve as the liaison officer between the SA Executive Branch and the University Officer of Public Relations in matters of mutual concern.
  • Maintain the SA Webpage keeping it current and informative.
  • Maintain the SA social media pages, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Coordinate and oversee the public relation activities of the SA.
  • Participate in and support SA functions.

To learn more and apply, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the online application form.

Southern Accent

Distributes weekly newspapers for the Southern Accent. Must have availability between 9-11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Qualifications: Availability between 9-11 a.m. on Wednesdays. A valid driver's license.

Hours: 3 per week

Pay Rate: $8.25 per hour


To Apply: Contact Megan Yoshioka

School of Journalism and Communication


  • TV Studio Lab Assistants assist with checking in and out of gear.
  • Maintain SJC inventory of production equipment. 
  • Responsible for equipment maintenance and cleaning inside the control room, studio, and edit bays.
  • Assist and orient students in the operation of studio lighting and audio gear for productions.  
  • Occasional repair and troubleshooting of gear and systems.
  • Tutor students in post-production editing. Editing SJC projects.


  • Video production experience in live multi-camera studio and on-location field production.
  • Experience with traditional camcorder operation and dSLR video field acquisition.
  • Troubleshooting skills in resolving technical issues and minor repairs in broadcast systems. Mastery of Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.
Various shifts available

Pay Rate:
Commensurate with class standing and experience.

To Apply
Send your resume to Stephen Ruf at sruf@southern.edu. If you have any questions, call 423-236-2761 (office).

Department: School of Journalism and Communication

Provide one-on-one instruction to photography students in developing 35mm B/W film and darkroom printing techniques. Clean and maintain developing and printing rooms. Check and maintain supply/inventory of photo chemicals and darkroom supplies. Instruct students in basic Photoshop and Lightroom editing and digital printing techniques.


  • Darkroom experience in Black & White film processing and printing
  • Portfolio of images that demonstrate strong photographic composition and technical skills.
  • Photoshop and Lightroom editing skills.
  • Willingness to work one-on-one with students to improve their photography assignments.
Hours: various shifts available 5-10 Sunday-Tuesday, Wed noon-2 pm, Thurs. 5-10 pm and Friday noon till 2 pm

Pay Rate: commensurate with class standing and experience.

To Apply: Send your resume to Stephen Ruf at sruf@southern.edu. If you have questions, call prof. Ruf at  423-236-2761 during working hours.

School of Journalism and Communication (SJC)

Job Description:
SJC receptionist provides general office support. Main duties include welcoming and assisting visitors and students, answering phones, handling mail, and keeping the office neat and presentable. On an as-needed basis, the receptionist will assist faculty with different tasks (not grading-related), restocking office supplies, helping with organizing events, and working on special projects such as updating database, creating flyers and posters, updating content for the hallway info-boards and/or SJC website and social media, etc. 


  • Must be available to work two-three hours at a time; punctuality and reliability are essential;
  • A self-starter (ability to anticipate needs) who will work independently applying logistics to tasks (planning, prioritizing, and executing);
  • Strong organizational, computer, and interpersonal skills.
Depending on your availability; slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Pay Rate: 
Based on the Southern student wage scale.

To apply: 
Email your resume and cover letter (why you will be a good fit for the position), current class standing, major, expected graduation date, and winter class schedule (if known) to Nataliia Irwin at nirwin@southern.edu.

Department: Journalism & Communication 

Mac Lab Assistant manages the Mac Lab in Brock Hall and provides support to students and faculty during the lab's scheduled open hours. Main duties include:

  •  Ensuring that computers are in good working order and properly operated;
  •   Managing the printing station (keeping full paper trays, ink cartridges, working computer, and card-swipe);
  •   Assisting students and faculty with technical, software, and printing issues;
  •  Guiding users through design applications and assisting them with publication or web-design projects;
  •  Keeping the lab neat and presentable;
  •  Informing the SJC office manager of needed supplies and repairs.


  • Solid knowledge and experience working with Adobe Creative Suite are a must (especially InDesign and Photoshop);   
  • Must have taken Publication Tools & Techniques or equivalent course and received a grade of B or higher;
  • Knowledge of Web Design basics;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, be patient and helpful;
  • Attention to detail, punctuality, and dependability are essential.

Hours: Mon & Wed 11 am - 2 pm and/or Tue & Thu 11 am - 4:10 pm

Pay Rate: Based on class standing specified by the Southern student wage scale.

Email: nirwin@southern.edu

Office Phone: 423.236.2330

Other: To apply: Email your resume, including at least three references, current class standing, major, expected graduation date, and fall class schedule (if known) to Nataliia Irwin at nirwin@southern.edu


  • This individual will be responsible for creating design content for special projects, such as the department newsletter, social media content, print, and digital flyers, publications, development of marketing/recruiting materials, and maintenance of department digital and physical job board, SAU webpages(Business and Industrial Technologies) and parallel websites as appropriate (i.e. southerntinyliving.com).
  • Secondary Duties may periodically include answering phones, taking messages, welcoming visitors, providing general office support (distributing mail, inventorying office supplies.  Occasionally, special projects are assigned, which may include assisting with making bulletin boards and displays, assisting with maintaining databases and spreadsheets, and sending out mailings.   
  • This list is not exhaustive.

Qualifications: Proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly in programs such as InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, and familiarity with basic web development tools.

Preference given to Graphic Design majors - Sophomore and Juniors **Must be professional and have strong customer service skills-capable of interacting with a wide variety of people and situations with grace and tact; constructively receives feedback and implements creative direction.

Hours: Varied based on availability (during University operating hours)

Pay Rate: Commensurate with class standing + Summer differential

Email: miller@southern.edu

Office Phone: 423-236-2527

To Apply: Contact Chris Miller

Description/Duties: The Social Media Assistant will work closely with the Alumni Relations team to create and implement a strategic plan for the Alumni Association's social media accounts. In this role, the selected candidate will help create content and implement campaigns to increase followers and engagement across various social media platforms.

  • Pitch ideas for engaging content, carry out interviews with alumni and write stories/copy for posts.
  • Present a weekly communication schedule for Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts.
  • Contribute picture and video content.
  • Update and accurately enter alumni information into the database.
  • Assist with special projects and events, as needed.

Qualifications: A passion for Southern, proven copywriting skills, ability to set clear goals and be self-motivated, basic phone photography and video skills, and demonstrate strong attention to detail.

Hours: 7-10 hours, flexible during regular business hours

Pay Rate: According to Southern's wage scale

Email: fox@southern.edu

Office Phone: (423)236-2470

Other: Interested candidates should submit samples of their previous work to fox@southern.edu

Location/Department: Marketing and University Relations

Description/Duties: Get your articles published as part of the Marketing and University Relations team! Come up with story ideas, carry out interviews, write articles and press releases, and build your portfolio as you gain valuable experience that is relevant to your future career. Plus, assist in planning and producing a monthly newsletter. Student writers work directly with the Editorial Manager and contribute content to Columns, the Adventist Review, and other publications. Assignments may also include other office work.

Qualifications: Should have proven writing skills, enjoy writing news and feature articles, be comfortable in Microsoft Word, demonstrate attention to detail, and be self-motivated. An interest in managing a publication is a plus. Communication majors are preferred but not required.

Hours: Minimum of 8 Hours per Week

Pay Rate: Based on Class Standing and Experience

To apply: Contact Janell Hullquist. Please send a resume and two writing samples.


Phone: (423)236-2581


ocation/Department: Southern Accent / Student Development

Description/Duties: Writes weekly news articles for the student newspaper. Must interview sources and be dedicated to fair, balanced, and accurate reporting.


  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to conduct interviews
  • Knowledge of AP style

Pay Rate: Per assignment

Email: myoshioka@southern.edu

To Apply: Please email your resume and two writing samples to myoshioka@southern.edu. Objective or journalistic writing styles preferred for samples, no length requirement.

Location/Department: Southern Accent / Student Development

Description/Duties: Comes up weekly with topics for the opinion section of the student newspaper. Finds contributors to write differing perspectives on the topic. Edits in AP (journalistic) style.


  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of AP style

Hours: 4 per week

Pay Rate: $8.25 per hour

Email: myoshioka@southern.edu

To Appy: Please email your resume and two writing samples to myoshioka@southern.edu. No length requirement for writing samples.

Location/Department: Southern Accent

Description/Duties: Writes or finds contributors to write weekly articles on sports stories.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm for sports, both Southern intramurals and national leagues Knowledge of AP style (associated press) Strong writing skills Ability to meet strict deadlines

Hours: 4 hours per week

Pay Rate: $8.25 per hour

To Apply: Contact Megan Yoshioka. Please email your resume and two writing samples, preferably written in an objective style.


Location/Department: PEHW/ Iles Gym

Description/Duties: The Social Media Manager will be responsible for implementing a strategic plan for intramural's social media accounts. In this role, the candidate will help create content and implement campaigns that will help keep followers informed and engaged.


  • Upload pictures, videos, and schedule content, and post at regularly scheduled times.
  • Pitch ideas for engaging content, create posters for each sport and send emails/messages to Intramural participants.
  • Manage communication throughout platforms (responding to comments and questions).
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and team members.


  • Interested in and a least some experience in graphic design.
  • Understanding of Instagram and Facebook, including analytics.
  • Flexible evening schedule. Must be able to attend games on a regular basis.
  • Proficiency in Canva or Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional ethics and able to work in a collaborative environment is essential.

Hours: Varies/as needed.

Pay Rate: Based on class standing

To apply: Contact Troy Walker

Email: twalker@southern.edu