Nerve Now Applications

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Apply below to be a part of the 2018/19 Nerve Now committee

Nerve Now is Bournemouth University’s hub for online news, entertainment, lifestyle and fashion pieces housed here on www.nervemedia.org.uk. We’re constantly on the ball when it comes to interesting features, interviews, reviews and every article in-between. This is where you can have your say on whatever you want!

Whether you want to try your hand at growing our social media accounts, interview your favourite band or investigate something you’ve had your eye on, Nerve Now is here to support, guide and make your ideas come to fruition. You’ll have the chance to explore your own concepts alongside a tight-knit team of writers and editors. These opportunities aren’t to be missed and there’s nothing better for your CV or portfolio.

Download the application form here.

Please send all applications to applications@nervemedia.org.uk, with the position and committee being applied for as the subject.

Applications are open until May 14th.

AVAILABLE ROLES

Editor-in-chief

As the Editor-in-chief of Nerve Now you’re mainly responsible for overseeing and planning all of the website content as well as motivating your editorial team and writers. You’ll be making key editorial decisions and maintaining a strong relationship with the other Nerve committee members, SUBU and BU. You will be liaising with PR’s to plan interviews and content, thinking creatively and constantly striving to improve Nerve.

This role requires a dedicated, creative and organised individual that is comfortable leading a team. Although you’ll have an editorial team to help you, as the Editor-in-chief you’re expected to help out when things get busy and be able to quickly jump on social media or write an article when needed. It is imperative that you have a good understanding of WordPress as well as some knowledge of the IPSO Editors’ Code and media law.

Entertainment Editor (and sub-editor)

As Entertainment Editor or Sub-Editor you will be overseeing all entertainment-led content before its submission. You’ll also be expected to keep on top of new releases in books, film, television, music and gaming and be aware of upcoming gigs and events in the local area. Both roles will work closely together to ensure all articles are accurate, easy to read and captivate the audience. It’s important to make things as diverse as possible so you are writing for lots of different tastes. As well as curating and creating content it’s really important to keep up the editorial side and make sure the writing is in Nerve’s voice. It’s also important to be able to work well with events managers and venues to get press tickets and set up interviews so maintaining those contacts and relationships is in vital. Other responsibilities include generating content ideas and sending out briefs and motivating your writing team.

Lifestyle Editor (and sub-editor)

As Lifestyle Editor or Sub-Editor you will have to be on top of current trends, know all the hottest spots in and around Bournemouth and be on the ball! You will be responsible for coming up with ideas for articles, editing the work of others and even doing some writing yourself. The lifestyle arm of Nerve covers everything from travel and food to exam stress and student life. During this role you’ll have the support of other editorial staff, but the Editor and Sub-Editor should work well together and, most importantly, as a team! This year we covered Halloween in Nerve’s Spook-tacular and hyped up Christmas in our ‘12 days of Christmas’ series as well as live-blogging award shows. These are just a few examples of how to get everyone involved in Nerve Now and keep Bournemouth students in the know.

Style Editor (and sub-editor)

For the role as Style Editor or Sub-Editor we are looking for a hardworking, dedicated individual with fresh ideas and a real enthusiasm for fashion. As the role of editor ultimately involves managing other writers, it’s vitally important that you are able to demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills. At times contributors might struggle for ideas and submissions might be few and far between, which means as editor you must be proactive and make suggestions to said writers to help them along. You’ll also have the opportunity to interview fashion designers, promote stylish girls and guys on campus and write about the latest trends. 

Social Media Editor

As Social Media Editor you’ll be in charge of overseeing Nerve’s social media footprint across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’ll be working with three social media assistants across each of these platforms and ensuring that articles from the Nerve website are organised via a schedule, shared punctually and achieve the maximum reach they can get. It will also be key to present Nerve in a good way through social media, by managing the tone in which posts are put out and that there is a regular presence online. It’s a fun and sociable role that those with little or plenty of experience with social media can manage effectively. It is important that the head is committed to their role and can liaise with their team to create a social media presence that really puts Nerve on the map.

Social Media Assistants X 3

This role is part of group that is responsible for sharing all of Nerve’s content with its readers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each assistant will be expected to keep up to date with Nerve articles and be comfortable writing captions that summarise them. 

Twitter involves maximising content engagement among those who do and don’t follow. You must play to the strengths of Twitter, whether that be using hashtags or striking images to support articles, you should be able to push content above and beyond. You need to not only stay relevant with the articles provided by Nerve itself, but also with what’s going on with the world in order to engage your followers as much as possible – that could be by live-tweeting a major awards event or asking for their opinion on the latest music – communication is absolutely key.

Facebook involves scheduling and uploading content at least 4 days a week, responding to messages that any readers may send and replying to any relevant comments. This is the perfect role for someone who wants to get involved and have a fantastic addition to their CV without worrying about being overwhelmed with a large amount of responsibility.

Instagram involves picking and choosing visually exciting articles to post on the account at least 3 times a week. You will be covering an equal amount of lifestyle, entertainment or style. Alongside this you will also be expected to post suitable content which reflects on what student life is like at BU.