Commitment: Edit ~ one story per week, submit 10 features in 12 months, suggest new stories for your topic/area of the website to be written by reporters/correspondents.
If you feel that you are already a very competent writer and that you would like to improve your overall command of a genre of journalism, then you could apply to join our editorial team. If you feel that you are particularly knowledgeable in a particular area, say technology, then it would be a fantastic way to improve your overall skills in that area of journalism and to help others who are interested in that area too.
As an editor you would be expected to help writers submitting work to your area, proof read/edit work in your area (not all work, but you would be the first point of call), write features on your area of journalism exploring interesting and detailed elements (you are the expert on your topic at Young Perspective) and you would be expected to help writers in your area find stories to write.
Editorial jobs are split into sections of similar sizes (content wise), so that no single editor is ever overwhelmed with work. For example, no one is ever going to be editor of news, because the workload would be too large, instead news will be split into several sub-sections: political news, technological news, Scottish news, world news etc. This means that you would end up editing roughly one story every week and submitting one feature every month, with the option to have up to two months per year during which you would not submit a story.
Commitment: 11 stories in 12 months, find stories, rather than relying on editors.
A correspondent is between sub-editor and reporter. To be a correspondent you have to have a fairly good idea about what area of journalism you would like to pursue and have reasonable knowledge of that area, however, you do not need to be as knowledgeable as a sub-editor or have the same confidence in correcting the work of others.
As a correspondent you will be connected to a particular area of the website (e.g. technology) for which you will be expected to product at least 11 articles every 12 months, however, these do not all need to be features. Some can be short interviews, breaking news pieces or updates, these are shorter and easier than features and often come in under 400 words. On top of your commitment to your area of the website, you may contribute to other areas if you are interested, but that is not an obligation.
As a correspondent, you will be expected to find many of your stories yourself through approaching individuals or choosing to write a feature on something you feel is relevant. However, if you are really stuck, you can contact your editor or the editor in chief to see if there are any suggestions.
Commitment: 11 articles in 12 months, with encouragement to writing as many as possible.
If you are still trying to work out which particular area of journalism you would like to specialise in or if you are just starting out and don’t feel that you quite ready to manage a whole area of content, then you could apply to be a reporter.
Being a reporter does not have to be a permanent position and it is a great place to start, with a view to working towards a position as a correspondent or sub-editor.
Reporters are the meat of the website though; they are the heartbeat, because they are the people who create the bulk of the content for the website and they are versatile. Versatility is vital, because it means that if there is one section that is looking particularly sparse, a reporter can take it upon themselves to write in that section and fill it. Of course, it is ultimately up to the reporters to decide what they would like to write about, but if sub-editors are looking for a particular piece or a piece for their section of the website, they will email round all of the reporters, leaving the reporters with the choice of a predefined article, one in a certain area of the website or one of their choice. This is fantastic as it affords choice to reporters, so that they can try something different every month or become a regular contributor and start to work towards perhaps committing to one section of the website and becoming a correspondent.
Reporters are not limited to how many pieces they write per month and are actively encouraged to take on as many tasks as they feel they can manage, but reporters are expected to write at least one article per month. This is negotiable to a certain extent, depending on circumstances (especially exams) and all reporters are allowed to opt out of writing one month a year, a month they can choose at the beginning of the year or up to a week before their deadline for that month.
There are generally limited places as proof readers, but if you are looking to get a taste of Young Perspective and have impeccable grammar knowledge, then it is definitely worth throwing your hat into the ring.
Proof reading is the final stage before a finished article is published on the website and is a key stage. The proof reader’s job is simply to cast an eye over a finished article and check that “I”s have been dotted and “t”s crossed. Their role is not editorial and there is no limited/minimum to the number of pieces that they should process in a month. As a rule, a piece will be sent to a proof reader who can choose to reject it or proof it, if it is rejected, then it is sent on to someone else.
Commitment: N/A, encouragement to attend as many events as possible.
Young Perspective is always looking for young, budding photographers to join the team, to provide stunning images taken by young people to illustrate our stories.
The role for a photographer with Young Perspective is a fairly freelance one and, while we can get you access to specific press events we may want images from, it is often up to you to take the initiative to go out and take photographs you feel could be used to illustrate different types of stories or ones on a particular topic.
Moreover, if you photograph an event (use Young Perspective to apply for events you would like to photograph) which a story has not been written on, then those photos can still be used to create an “in pictures” visual piece on the event, which can prove just as popular as written features.
There is no specific commitment as a photographer for Young Perspective, but you are expected to be available to attend some press events in your area each year and you are also expected to take the initiative to find photo opportunities yourself.
As for photography rights, they ultimately lie with you. While Young Perspective will have the right to use any pictures taken at events you attended on behalf of the paper, you always have the right to use your images for other commercial or private purposes and to watermark them in the bottom left hand corner. At the end of the day, this about helping you to launch your photography career and we are never going to get in the way of you using your photos to get hold of a job/internship or place at college.
In short, we will help you to network and get into places where you can use your photography skills in exchange for the rights to use your photos to illustrate our stories free of charge, however, they will all belong to you and go towards building your portfolio.