The Observer

Job Opportunities

Each year, The Observer must appoint an editorial board for the following school year. As per our charter, these positions are open to any undergraduate student of Case Western Reserve University. The Executive Editor is elected by majority vote of the active editorial board; the remaining staff positions are appointed by the elected executive editor and publisher. All who wish to join the editorial board for the 2017-2018 academic year must submit their letters of intent no later than the following dates.  Apply as soon as possible, however, since applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Development Editor

A modern college publication must maintain a sizable skilled and experienced writing staff. To reinforce the Editorial Board’s commitment to this goal, The Observer is creating a position devoted to this function, the Development Editor. This editor embodies that role by assisting in the recruitment and continuous training of The Observer’s staff reporters and columnists.


Advertising Manager
  • Executes all communication, whether phone or e-mail, with advertisers and business contacts
  • Sells as many advertisements per week as possible
  • Ensures advertisements are available for approval 24 hours before production night
  • Manages weekly income statement including individual advertisement size, color or black and white, cost, advertiser contact information (address, email, phone number, speed type, etc.)
  • Maintains the advertising handbook which specifies advertisement layout, content, circulation, rates, publication dates, terms and conditions, and pertinent staff contact information
  • Communicates special advertisement requirements to the director of design
  • Coordinates with any applicable media service to provide national advertising
  • Coordinates and finalizes advertising deals with local businesses and student organizations
PR Manager
● Coordinates publicity for the organization through advertising campaigns
● Organizes and supervises publicity events and online promotional strategy
Tip for applying

Strong applicants will have considerable communication and public speaking skills, be able to work in nuance, take direction from others and have a strong foundation in writing skills. Not having those skills or a high level of them won’t preclude an application from consideration. Definitely consider applying; The Observer hires individuals with all types of experiences. Incoming first-year students can apply.

Deadline: Sunday, Aug. 13, 11:59 p.m.

All positions are paid. Please see below for a brief description of each job. Questions? Email

The Observer is always accepting applications for writers and photographers, and hires on a continuous, as-needed basis. To apply for a position as a writer or photographer, please directly contact

We are also hiring advertising agents on a continuous, as-needed basis. Please contact our director of business, Zoe Yang, directly at if you have interest in this position.

Executive Directors >

The executive directors, led by the executive editor, serve as the senior leadership of The Observer. They are to meet weekly outside of production periods and discuss ways to improve the newspaper and address staff-related issues. Together, the four directors represent the four pillars of a competitive modern news publication: print, web, design, and business. Each director has their own dedicated team, for which they are ultimately responsible.

Editorial Staff >

The editorial staff, composed of those on the editorial board who do not hold an executive position, are responsible for management of several key areas within The Observer and reflect the four core pillars of a modern news publication. They are directly managed by the executive directors, as appropriate.


Applications for the 2017-2018 editorial board are now open. Please use the form below to submit your letters of intent; you may submit multiple letters at once, but one letter per position is required. We encourage applicants to apply for multiple positions if they are interested; please indicate your top preference in your cover letter.

Job Application 2017-2018

  • Drop files here or
    Upload a letter of intent for each position you're seeking, max 1 MB. Please upload as pdf or Microsoft Word.
  • You may attach your résumé here as a Microsoft Word or pdf document, max 1 MB.
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