Nerve Media Applications 2020/21

Hello and well done for taking a step towards applying for one of our committee roles! 

Nerve media has departments in Magazine, Radio, Online, TV and News, meaning that there are lots of different roles that you can apply for! It’s a great opportunity for both personal development and for your CV! Don’t miss out on the experience everyone else is taking advantage of.

Below you will find some more in-depth information of each committee role within all of our departments:

Editor in Chief:

The editor-in-chief is also known as the executive editor and manages all the day-to-day operations of the magazine. The editor-in-chief oversees all of the assistant and department editors and ensures each issue is released on time. With the Deputy Editor, the editor-in-chief creates the editorial board, or outline, for each of the magazine’s issues. They will review all articles and photographs for accuracy as well as potential libel or slander, and provides suggestions, if needed, about any changes to make before the publication goes to press or is released digitally. Layouts and design need approval by the editor-in-chief. In the end, it is the editor-in-chief has the final word about which stories and photos get published. This job is well suited to people with strong business acumen, excellent writing and proofreading skills, networking and interpersonal skills, and the ability to guide a team towards business goals.

 

Deputy Editor:

 The Deputy Editor-in-Chief assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief in their absence. They may assist the Editor-in-Chief and other section editors in editing articles for style and length and ensuring that the newspaper has a consistent style. The Deputy Editor-in-Chief may be required to write and edit content which do not have designated section editors on behalf of the Editor- in-Chief. They will assist the Editor-in-Chief in dealing with organisational, administrative or disciplinary issues with members and are also responsible for the overall aesthetic of the magazine. The Deputy Editor is responsible for coordinating the sub-editors and the subediting process on the day and weeks leading to production.

 

Section editors:

  • Fashion and Lifestyle:

As Fashion and lifestyle Editor, you will work closely with the Deputy editor-in-chief, advertising reps, photographers and models to achieve the highest quality of artwork and ensure readers are given the most up-to-date Fashion and Lifestyle information. They will debate on story ideas and themes for their section, along with the editor-in-chief, to meet audience preferences. The Fashion and Lifestyle Editor will also lease photographers, models, makeup artists and costume designers and choosing photoshoot locations. They will work closely with their contributors to ensure content is sub edited and collected on time. The successful candidate should be passionate about the latest fashion and lifestyle trends and be able to bring their creative ideas to life.

  • Comment Editor:

 As Debate Editor, you will closely with the Deputy editor-in-chief to plan and coordinate the latest social and political debates to represent a diverse voice across campus. They will debate on story ideas and themes for their section, along with the editor-in-chief, to meet audience preferences. The Comment Editor will work closely with their contributors to ensure that the opinions portrayed are legally and ethically sounds, while adhering to IPSO publishing guidelines. They will work closely with their contributors to ensure content is sub edited and collected on time. The successful candidate should be passionate about the latest social and political debates and should be up to date on trending news. They will work closely with their contributors to ensure content is sub edited and collected on time.

  • Feature Editor:

As Features Editor, you will oversee the interviewing, writing and editing of quality in-depth features within your section. The Features Editor will work closely with the Deputy editor-in-chief to plan and coordinate in-depth interviews. They will debate on story ideas and themes for their section, along with the editor-in-chief, to meet audience preferences. They will work closely with their contributors to ensure interviews are completed to a high standard and that content is sub edited and collected on time.

 

  • Entertainment Editor:

A large portion of the Entertainment Editor job involves making certain that entertainment articles are accurate, easy to follow and captivating for readers. It is vital for entertainment editors to keep up with recent trends in the entertainment field. As part of their responsibilities, they may attend live theatre shows, films and concerts, and then review the performances in their articles. The entertainment editor will work closely with the Deputy Editor-in-Chief to come up with concepts and ideas for stories to be included in the entertainment section of the magazine magazines They assign story ideas to their entertainment writing staff and make decisions as to the final copy.

  • Sports Editor:

The sports editor will coordinate closely with NERVE sport to cover sports-related news and features, both on-campus and off. They will Monitor the news daily to keep abreast of sporting events and issues that need to be covered and see that no pertinent news is missed. As part of their responsibilities, they may attend AFC Bournemouth fixtures, boxing events and other sporting occasions. The successful candidate should be passionate about sport and not limited to a particular area.

  • Social Media Editor:

 The social media editor is focused on using social media to convey news or other types of information. Their work can involve posting things like photos and videos. Social media editors will also monitor the response to the content posted and they may also respond to complaints or comments from readers. They are responsible for writing and revising content that’s posted, or for creating supplemental posts to draw awareness to articles or other types of content.

  • Head of Design:

The Design Editor are primarily responsible for designing the layout of the magazine and other supporting materials. They will work closely with the Editor in Chief to follow NERVE Magazine’s design style and bring the issue’s vision to print. Design Editor will oversee a team of designers at their preference to manipulate design properties, such as type size, font style, spacing, column width and placement, using software that allows them to view each page as it would appear in print. The successful candidate must have good InDesign skills and are good at brining creative visions to life.

Head of news (and deputy head)

Head of Nerve News is responsible for making sure that Nerve delivers all the exciting news to Bournemouth University students across radio, online and TV. It is key that you will have an eye for what is newsworthy on a local, national and international level and a commitment to being the first to report accurately and fairly.

You’ll be required to lead and motivate your team, hosting regular meetings to work democratically but also acting as the main decision-maker. You will know and play on your team members’ strengths as well as inspire them to pursue original stories and creatively deliver them. A strong relationship is vital to maintain with other Nerve committee members, the university and SUBU.

Overseeing articles and news bulletins to uphold Nerve News’ Code of Ethics is extremely important to maintain credibility. Basic tech knowledge is also required regarding the ability to produce news content for radio and maximise SEO for online articles. You need to be creative and understand the importance of converging on all platforms including social media.

Key Responsibilities

  • Know what is newsworthy and always look out for the best opportunities to report in the most creative ways – including social media
  • Organise reporting of events on-and-off campus that are relevant to our audience
  • Manage and motivate the news committee and reporters by hosting regular meetings
  • Work closely with the Heads of the other departments to uphold Nerve Media’s reputation for excellent convergence
  • Organise news shows and work to develop them with News Editors
  • Understanding of radio software and hardware i.e. Tascams, Adobe Audition, Scoop, Myriad, etc
  • Ensure all news stories follow the Code of Ethics and Ofcom

Radio News Editors X 4

Radio News Editors are responsible for staying up to date with all the latest news from a local to international scale, whether that’s politics, entertainment or sport.

You’ll be required to have a keen eye for the most interesting and relevant stories to report on our daily news bulletins, which will be produced by the Radio News Editors. This includes arranging interviews and helping other news reporters produce radio news packages.

Collaboration is essential as you will be working closely with the News team and the Nerve committee. You will also be expected to work alongside other departments including Online, Magazine and TV to create content across all of Nerve’s platforms. You may be expected to participate and bring content to the Nerve News Hour – which you present alongside other Editors – where you will discuss in detail the most interesting and relevant news from the past week on air.

Enthusiasm, dedication and organisation are key attributes to succeed in the role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Keep up to date with the latest news from Student news, local and global news, entertainment and sport
  • Commitment to ensure Nerve News reports to the highest standards.
  • Report on events in the community
  • Produce a rota schedule for radio news bulletins
  • Produce and edit bulletins to their highest standards and fill in for absent newsreaders
  • Participate in the Nerve News Hour
  • Collaborate with other departments of Nerve
  • Post on social media platforms e.g. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Network with key people in the local community for stories

Online News Editor and Sub Editor

The Head of Online News is responsible for running the news section of Nerve Now (the Nerve Media website). As the editor it will be the candidate’s responsibility to recruit and manage a team of writers, making sure that news articles are being published frequently on the website, with each writer contributing an article at least once a fortnight.

The ideal candidate should have a great working knowledge of WordPress, including how to edit and format articles so that they are fit for publishing online i.e. SEO, crediting, spelling, grammar, etc. You need to have extensive knowledge of IPSOs Editors’ Code of Practice and how to implement it.

The Head of News Online will also be required to promote articles and other content on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – when they have been published.

The ideal candidate should have previous experience of writing for online news publications. They ideally should have several articles published on Nerve Now with knowledge of the house style and brand.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and motivate a team of news writers – create rotas and provide guidance as editor
  • Make sure your team is up to date by posting about relevant news
  • Ensure articles are of a high standard and appropriate for Nerve Now
  • Work with the fellow Nerve Now committee effectively to grow our online platform
  • Collaborate with other departments to further develop the Nerve Media brand
  • Keep an eye on what’s trending online and on social media
  • Promote content via social media

TV News Editor

We are looking for someone creative and enthusiastic to oversee the news content produced for the Nerve TV station and its social medias. You will need to have a sound understanding of media law, good organisation skills and a keen interest in local, national and international current affairs.

You will manage a team of news content producers who will be available for you to delegate stories to, as and when they arise. These stories will be made into <1’ videos for social media. You will also have a responsibility to create content yourself, therefore experience of operating camera equipment and using Adobe Premiere Pro is desired (but not essential).

For this position, we are also looking for someone with an understanding of Facebook post engagement, as producing videos for social media is essential.

You will need to attend News committee meetings to maintain a decent standard of story convergence across the news department.

The TV News Editor will be involved in regular meetings with the Committee to update the team on any progress being made within the department, as well as feeding into ideas on how

Nerve TV can further improve. As a committee role, this person will be involved in making any decisions which affect Nerve TV as an activity.

Deputy TV News Editor

In addition to supporting the TV News Editor with the day to day logistics of the department, you will help to manage a team of news Content Producers who will be available for you to delegate stories to, as and when they arise. These stories will be made into <1’ videos for social media. You will also have a responsibility to create content yourself, therefore experience of operating camera equipment and using Adobe Premiere Pro is desired (but not essential).

For this position, we are also looking for someone with an understanding of Facebook post engagement, as producing videos for social media is essential.

You will need to attend News committee meetings to maintain a decent standard of story convergence across the news department.

Station Manager Job:

As Station Manager it is your responsibility to act as the face of the station. You must ensure that the station is running at the best it can and manage any issues that the rest of the Nerve radio committee may face. You are responsible for managing your team, your presenters and the relationship with SUBU and the other Nerve heads. You must be organised, with strong management and communication skills, it’s important that you have previous experience working in Nerve and a passion for Radio. You must hold regular meetings with SUBU and the other Nerve heads as well as regular meetings with your committee, relaying information and continuing the growth and development of the station. It is your role to listen to ideas, and work to implement them within the station, you must support and encourage your team throughout the year and be prepared to help and give guidance when needed, You will work with the Student Radio Association to attend their training days and submit awards.

What’s required:

  • Maintain and run the radio station.
  • Attend fortnightly meetings with the Student Union.
  • To create and run events.
  • To cover of SUBU events in form of an outside broadcast.
  • Work closely with your committee and deputy station manager.
  • To make sure presenters are trained and turning up to their shows.
  • To set rules and to make sure that these rules are being met.
  • Be willing to go and help anyone if something has gone wrong in the studio.
  • To fix problems.
  • To motivate and keep track of deadlines.
  • Make sure that all output is catered to your target audience.
  • To work closely and collaborate with the other Nerve departments

Deputy Station Manager:

 As Deputy Station Manager it is your responsibility to support the station manager throughout the year, aiding in the day to day running of the station. It is essential that you have good communication and team-work skills as you, along-side the station manager, will manage a full committee as well as a team of presenters. You may find your-self taking charge of a particular section of output and attending regular SUBU meetings when the Station Manager and assist the programme controllers with training days. The deputy station manager must also be supportive and help the entire nerve radio team. It’s essential to be flexible, creative and be ready to try things for the first time.

What’s required:

  • Effective communicator – must be able to communicate well in the committee team and with presenters.
  • Organised- must be able to organise yourself and others throughout the year, especially during key events.
  • Supportive- most of this role is helping wherever you are needed throughout the different departments at Nerve. You must be willing to offer help and support to everyone throughout the station and SUBU.
  • Time Management- must be able to meet deadlines, especially in the lead up to FM.
  • Creative- must be able to bring a variety of new ideas to help better the station and help it move forward in the future.

Daytime programme Controller:

The Daytime programme controller is responsible for the stations output between 9am and 5pm. You’ll become the first point of call for all personality-based Nerve presenters, and you’ll be responsible for co-ordinating and helping them. The role involves the creation and management of show schedules and making strategic and sensible choices in how you form the schedule for the benefit of the listener. You’ll be required to carry out training for presenters and their continual development throughout the year. You’ll also be jointly responsible with the Station/Deputy Station Manager for the organisation beforehand and running on the day of regular outside broadcasts and events. This may range from a small setup, to a campus-wide all-day broadcast. You should have good Myriad and studio desk competency already; however additional training will be provided during the hand over. The Daytime programme controller requires passion for student radio, and great management skills. You’ll be supporting students to ensure that all who want to be involved in daytime radio are given that opportunity and can develop their presenting skills.

What’s required:

  • Create and maintain the schedule between 9am-5pm for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts (including updating the online schedule and building Myriad accounts).
  • Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  • Ensure that presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  • Attend regular committee meetings
  • Disciplining any daytime presenters who break OFCOM or Nerve regulation.
  • Be willing to go and help anyone at whatever time if something has gone wrong in the studio.
  • Effective communicator – must be able to communicate well in the committee team and with presenters.
  • Organised – must be able to organise yourself and others throughout the year, especially during key events.
  • Creative – must be able to bring a variety of new ideas to help better the

 

Evening and Specialist Programme Controller:

 The Evening and Specialist Programme Controller is responsible for the stations output between 5pm and 11pm. You’ll become the first point of call for all specialist presenters, and you’ll be responsible for co-ordinating and helping them. The role involves the creation and management of show schedule and making strategic and sensible choices in how you form the schedule for the benefit of the listener. You’ll work closely with the Station manager to carry out training for all specialist presenters in the studio. It is your job to shape the sound of Nerve during these hours. You’ll also be jointly responsible with the Station/Deputy Station Manager for the organisation beforehand and running on the day of regular outside broadcasts and events. You should have good Myriad and studio desk competency already; however additional training will be provided during the hand over. This role requires passion for specialist student radio, and great management skills. You’ll be supporting students to ensure that all who want to be involved in specialist radio are given that opportunity and can develop their presenting skills.

What’s required: 

  • Alongside the Programme Controller, create and maintain the specialist show schedule for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts (including helping update the online schedule and Myriad accounts).
  • Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  • Ensure that specialist presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

 

Head of Design Job description:

As head of design you will be in charge of all visual and branding content across the station. You will design and brand the station and ultimately are in charge of how the station appears across all platforms visually. You will work closely with the head of social media and the station manager promoting the station and any station events with social media posts, artwork and posters/flyers. You will also work closely with the head of station sound to ensure you have a clear vision for the over-all station image. Should the station work with sponsors, charities or outside companies it will be your responsibility to create imaging, artwork and videos for promotion and station branding. You will manage a team of videographers and photographers and a design ‘support’ team. You should have good experience in designing images/ videography and photography and should be willing to manage your own team of designers and you should feel comfortable delegating tasks as appropriate. You will meet with the station manager and relay the information or plans to your own team, completing tasks on time and professionally.

What’s Required:

  • Competent with filming equipment and editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop
  • Effective at communicating and interpreting ideas for shoot
  • Liaising with the Head of Marketing, to make sure the visual content is consistent across the platforms.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

 

Head of Social Media:

It is the responsibility of the head of social media to build, maintain and update the different social media platforms. You must be able to work well with the head of design to promote the station events and shows and have a strong idea of the image you want to create for the station. It is essential that you have good organization skills to ensure that social medias are up to date, that you have a good understanding of social media marketing and strong communication to help interact with the Nerve audience. Good knowledge of Adobe Suite is preferred but no essential. Strong understanding of Instagram, twitter and Facebook and social media scheduling systems. You must be creative with all posts and be prepared to tech, help and assist presenters with achieving strong social medias.

What’s required:

  • Tweet about presenters and their shows and retweet and interacting with our listeners. (This is pivotal for when we go on FM!)
  • Communicating with SUBU about their events and vice versa to spread the word and get Nerve involved.
  • Produce a weekly newsletter that is sent out to both SUBU staff and all involved at the station
  • Working with the other Nerve departments to ensure that our social media presence is frequent and up to date.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

Head of Music:

If you have a passion for listening to and finding new music this role could be for you. As the Head of Music, you will be in charge of all the music played on Nerve Radio. Throughout the year you will need to update the station’s A, B and C lists. There will 2 Heads of Music so you will need to work together closely to keep an eye on the charts, new music and new emerging trends – being able to work well as part of a team and sometimes under a bit of pressure is important. You’ll work together closely to ensure that any music played out of the station has been thought about in terms of the audience. You’ll be key to the station’s relationship with the Student Radio Association and will be sent new tunes twice a month from them to review. You’ll get the opportunity to attend live music events and interview artists. You must also have sufficient experience in using Audition, Audacity and any other music editing software – censoring music is a vital part of this role. Making new presenters feel welcome and helping them to get to know the station as well as being approachable is also very important.

What’s Required:

  • Hard Working
  • You must do whatever you can to make the station sound as fresh as possible.
  • Good with programmes – You must be able to confidently navigate editing software and keep up with potentially high volumes of work.
  • Passion – You must be really passionate about music, you should be open to all genres and able to identify trends. If you’re not that passionate about music, then this role isn’t for you.
  • Networking – You must be able to create relationships with people in and outside of the university to gain interviews.

Head of Station sound:

As head of station sound it is your job to produce audio content for the station, creating jingles beds and editing footage for promotional purposes. You will work closely with the head of design and the head of music to ensure that the station maintains strong imaging and branding. It is essential that you have skills in Adobe audition and other sound editing software. The head of station sound must be creative and willing to make professional sounding additions to the station. Working with the daytime presenters to help personalise their shows and holding workshops to develop audio skills.

What’s Required:

  • Create professional sounding on-air branding, suitable for a radio station with our target student audience.
  • Create audio for special events, broadcasts, or other occasions.
  • Keep our audio library maintained properly.
  • Ensure a variety of jingles across programming.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

HEAD OF Tech DEVELOPMENT

The Head of Technical Development at Nerve is responsible for maintaining all the existing codebases, while also leading active development on new technical projects for Nerve. The role involves maintaining code for current Nerve applications, such as the website (nervemedia.org.uk); the radio player (listen.nervemedia.org.uk); and the API (api.nervemedia.org.uk). You will be the main point of contact for members of Nerve who are having issues with any of these applications, or if they wish to request changes or new features. To enable you to carry out these tasks, you will need to be a confident programmer and developer. At a minimum, you should be familiar with a basic web stack (HTML, CSS and PHP) and understand development concepts such as Git and PHP Composer. Any additional language experience is useful too, as Nerve also has code written in C#, SQL and Javascript. Most importantly, you should be willing to learn new concepts and languages and be proactive in widening your development and programming knowledge. As requirements in other Nerve departments change, you will be the first point of contact for requests on new technical projects or solutions for the various departments in Nerve. Therefore, you will need to organise meetings on development progress for projects, and ensure relevant members are kept up to date on technical developments within Nerve.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain existing codebases with Nerve, making improvements and fixes.
  • Be proactive in leading new technical development projects for Nerve, including engaging with Nerve department heads to elicit requirements etc.
  • Organise and lead a team of developers to help with projects.
  • Liaise with other members of Nerve Tech, including assigning them to development projects when needed

 

HEAD OF AUDIO

The Head of Audio Tech is responsible for the station’s studio and live audio equipment along with the upkeep of the stations broadcast software. You’ll become the first point of call for presenters and committee who may have technical issues where you’ll be expected to help or repair equipment where necessary. You will also be responsible for the ongoing development of Nerve’s broadcasting capabilities, ranging from investigating and implementing upgrades for our outside broadcasting equipment, ensuring our station sounds the best it can during events to upgrading or implementing new studio equipment to broaden our on-air capabilities. The role will also involve the creation and management of a small team to help you maintain the upkeep of existing audio tech during busier periods and direct and manage the setting up of our outside broadcasting kit at events throughout the year. Such events may be broadcasting from off campus so a degree of flexibility and understanding of the equipment is desired. To fulfil the role, you should have had previous live audio or studio technical experience with a passion to learn and experience how a student radio station operates. Before you step into the role training will be provided to get you up to speed with the quirks and features of Nerve’s audio equipment and broadcasting software to help you settle in. There’s a lot to it!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of Nerve’s audio technology ensuring that Nerve keeps up to date with the latest technological developments, ultimately driving the station forward in providing the best platform for presenters and news readers.
  • Maintenance of the two-radio studio’s including broadcasting desks, computers, software and peripherals.
  • Maintaining Nerve’s outside broadcast kit and taking leadership in ensuring it is set up correctly at events and streaming back to the studio.
  • Attending regular committee meetings and listening and actioning feedback from committee members.

 

 Head of Podcasting

 Nerve Podcasts was launched in 2019 and has since enjoyed a good pilot year with at least 9 podcasts regular uploading new episodes all under the Nerve Podcasts brand and has a growing social media presence. The head of podcasting will need to ensure this brand stays strong and continues to move forward. They will be responsible for recruiting new podcasters, training them, listening to their podcasts and giving constructive feedback throughout the year. The head of podcasts must be able to get on well with others, speak in front of others and will have to work well with the rest of the nerve radio committee. They will also need to have good time management skills to be able to manage a (hopefully) large number of people and schedule them in to record. The head of podcasts will also be able to appoint a deputy to be able to help with the social media branding and scheduling of podcasts etc. It is important that either the head or deputy be able to book the Weymouth House studios through SISO should the Nerve studios be out of action.

 

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