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The managing editor of the university’s weekly newspaper writes, edits, and oversees the production process for the print version of the newspaper. He/she also is responsible for the electronic (Web) version of the newspaper.

This position has responsibility for the overall quality of published material, and for the supervision and direction of the activities of support staff. It coordinates publication efforts through the editing, writing and producing of manuals, manuscripts, journals and related materials.


Compile/write/edit copy for Columns standing departments (i.e., infographic, Digest, Kudos, Administrative Changes, Campus Closeup, Retirees, Weekly Reader, Around Academe).

Write news and feature headlines for Columns articles and cutline information for photographs. Write news and feature articles as needed.

Oversee/coordinate production process--copyfit page layouts, proofreading, corrections. Also electronically transmit Columns to printer each week.

Reformat printed version of Columns (photos and articles) each week and upload to the Columns Web site.

Maintain/monitor Columns postage budget.

Prepare and distribute annual Columns publication schedules

Oversee Columns paid subscription/renewal service.

Update Columns mailing lists. Also serve as liasion between UGA departments and off-campus mailing service to facilitate electronic delivery of Columns mailing labels/lists each week

Update content of UGAToday (News Service) Web site when news bureau manager and art director are absent

Maintain paper and electronic versions of archives for Columns back issues

Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or related field and a minimum of 4 years experience in editing, journalism or editorial research is needed.


Extensive knowledge of various press styles;

People, organizational and managerial skills;

Command of grammar, spelling, history and current affairs;

Working knowledge of newspaper publishing;

Working knowledge of Web-based research tools;

Knowledge of management principles and practices;

Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.



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