Journalism Scholarships

Applicants should be aware that these positions are deadline intensive, require a weekly commitment of 10-18 hours, and require registering for a Dixie Sun News production course (MDIA 2210/3210). All majors and skill levels are welcome to apply, but additional courses may be required for certain positions. Strong written, technical and oral communication skills are a must. Applicants must also have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and maintain a 12-credit course load each semester. Scholarship amounts vary by position. Recipients will be required to sign a contract that outlines their responsibilities and holds them accountable for meeting them.​

Editor-in-chief

Responsible for all Dixie Sun content, including overseeing layout and assignments, editing and approving content, conducting meetings, training and managing staff, determining and following policies and procedures, and producing content weekly. Knowledge of news style and industry practices required. Pre-req: MDIA 1130. Averages 18 hours/week.

Section editors

One each for News, Features, Opinion and Sports. Responsible for generating, assigning and editing content for their sections, training and managing staff, working with page designers, and producing content weekly. Pre-req: MDIA 1130. Averages 15 hours/week.

Photo editor

Responsible for overseeing photos/graphics/illustrations, training and managing staff, editing content, and writing/editing captions, and producing content weekly. In-depth knowledge of photography, equipment and Photoshop required. Pre-/co-req: MDIA 1130. Averages 15 hours/week.

Video editor

Responsible for assigning, producing and supervising online and broadcast video content; training staff members in video production; uploading content onto websites; and producing content weekly. Video production and editing experience required. Pre-/co-req: MDIA 1130. Averages 12 hours/week.

Copy editor

Responsible for editing all copy, including stories, headlines, summaries and captions, as well as producing content weekly. Newspaper editing is completed Mondays and Tuesdays. Knowledge of AP Style and attention to detail required. Pre-req: MDIA 1130. Averages 12 hours/week.

Social media editor

Responsible for managing all Dixie Sun social media accounts daily, tracking staff members’ social media usage, training staff, launching marketing campaigns, and producing weekly content. Experience with social media platforms required. Pre-req: MDIA 1130 preferred. Averages 12 hours/week.

Design editor

Responsible for the layout of the newspaper, specifically creating visually interesting and consistent pages and graphics, planning long-term for series and themed issues, and working with all editors through planning and proofing. Layout is completed on Mondays and Tuesdays. InDesign experience required. Pre-req: MDIA 1130, 1500 preferred. Averages 12 hours/week.

News Anchor

Responsible for being the main on-air talent for the weekly newscast, as well as writing stories, teases, etc., and shooting and editing weekly video and packages. Pre-/co-requisite: MDIA 1130, 1380. Averages 12 hours/week.

Sports Anchor

Responsible for being the main on-air talent for the weekly newscast’s sports segment, as well as writing stories, teases, etc., and shooting and editing weekly video and packages. Pre-/co-requisite: MDIA 1130, 1380. Averages 12 hours/week.

Producer

Responsible for building the weekly news broadcast, including creating the rundown order; writing stories, teases, intros, tosses, etc.; and designing graphics. Pre-/co-requisite: MDIA 1130, 1380, 1500 preferred but negotiable. Averages 12 hours/week.

Multimedia reporters

Responsible for writing stories and shooting and editing video packages weekly to be published on dixiesunnews.com and the news broadcast. Applicants must have video production and editing experience or pre-reqs: MDIA 1130, 1380. Averages 12 hours/week.

Staff writer

Responsible for writing two stories weekly in any section. Pre-/co-requisite: MDIA 1130. Averages 12 hours/week.

Sports writer

Responsible for writing two stories weekly mainly in sports. Pre-/co-requisite: MDIA 1130. Averages 12 hours/week.

Photographers

Responsible for completing up to five photo assignments and writing captions weekly. Experience preferred. Averages 12 hours/week.

Graphic/Page Designer

Responsible for designing pages, advertisements and info graphics. Layout is completed on Mondays and Tuesdays. InDesign experience required. Averages 12 hours/week.

Advertising and promotions manager

Responsible for selling advertising, billing, signing contracts, maintaining and developing client relations, and collaborating with the editor-in-chief to market the Dixie Sun and plan promotions and events. Design experience is helpful but not required. Sales/marketing experience preferred. This is a paid position based on commission that might also come with a scholarship depending on eligibility. Averages 10 hours/week. No course enrollment required.