The Watchdog is Bellevue College’s student newspaper and is focused on keeping the Bellevue College community informed of issues that affect them. We also provide an opportunity for students to learn journalism fundamentals while gaining valuable work experience. The Watchdog is primarily student-led and employs a staff of between 10 and 20 students.
If you would like to apply to work for The Watchdog and are:
- Legally able to work in the U.S.
- Currently enrolled for at least 7 credits at Bellevue College (during the summer you must be enrolled for Fall)
- Able to attend remote or hybrid mandatory staff meetings on Mondays at 2:30pm during school weeks.
Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Which position(s) you are applying for (see below for brief job descriptions and additional minimum requirements).
- Why you are interested in working for us.
- Any prior experience, training, or education related to the position(s) for which you are applying.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Staff Reporter: Writes 1-3 articles per issue and brings story ideas to staff meetings. Minimum requirements include the ability to research, organize, and write articles with without basic spelling and grammar errors, the ability to meet deadlines, communicate frequently when needed, and an interest in the news and learning about journalism. Typical hours worked per week is approximately between 3.5 – 8.5 hours. We are often looking for new staff reporters and we provide training.
Photographer: For Fall – Spring Quarters: Attends 1-3 BC events per week to take photos. Must be on campus a minimum of 3 days/week and have a flexible schedule. Minimum requirements include an aptitude for expressing stories visually, the ability to meet deadlines, and an interest in the news and learning about journalism. Photography class experience preferred, but not required. Typical hours worked per week is approximately 6. Openings typically occur 1-2 times per year.
Copy Editor: Checks articles for errors in fact, usage, or style. Minimum requirements include solid written english language skills, the ability to meet deadlines, attention to detail and an interest in the news and learning about journalism. Typical hours worked per week is approximately 6. Openings for copy editors can occur quarterly and we provide training in AP Style and copy editing coaching.
Social Media Editor: Creates 3 posts weekly on both Instagram and X. Is aware of and follows official and unofficial Bellevue College social media accounts. Minimum requirements include experience with community engagement, content creation for social media, experience with social media metrics, the ability to work daily with a flexible schedule that allows for last minute posting and possible frequent communication, the ability to meet deadlines, work collaboratively, and an interest in the news and learning about journalism. Openings typically occur 1-2 times per year.
Section Editor: Oversees a section of the newspaper (News, Opinions, Arts & Features) and includes choosing articles for their section, managing staff reporters and copy-editors, and uploading content. Minimum requirements include student newspaper reporting or editing experience, the ability to work collaboratively and comfort in a leadership role. Typical hours worked per week is approximately 8. Openings typically occur 1-2 times per year and we provide training.
Editor-in-Chief: This position manages all student staff and is responsible for editing and producing weekly issues of the newspaper and leading weekly staff and editor meetings. Minimum requirements include student newspaper editing and reporting experience along with an aptitude for and desire to lead. Hours worked are typically 15-19 per week. This position is typically filled in the spring or summer and we provide training.