Jobs – Staff Writer Intern at Uganda Christian University

Job Title:  Staff Writer Intern

Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker Theological College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate in Mukono. International partnerships were part of the College’s missionary history.

The Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and others to assure the College had the necessary intellectual and other capital. By the late 1990s, the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on society through the higher education – not only of clergy but of other professionals as well. Uganda Christian University was established in 1997.

In 2004, the Government of Uganda granted a charter to Uganda Christian University – the highest level of national accreditation. UCU was the first private University to receive such a charter from the Government.
Job Summary: The Staff Writer Intern will be responsible for writing and editing stories and features, taking photographs and other publishable materials for The Standard, the University Community newspaper, published bi-monthly by the Department of Mass Communication. He/ she will also, in addition to the production of the newspaper, be expected to be available for training in new skills offered by The Standard in diverse areas of the print media offered by professionals occasionally retained for that purpose in line with the paper’s vision and mission.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Professionally gather news stories, features and photographs for publication in the newspaper.
  • Write stories, features in accordance with the house style and in good English
  • Edit stories, features and photographs before they are published
  • Design and layout the pages of the newspaper using the InDesign Computer programme for text and Adobe Photoshop for photographs.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Supervisor or other designated official or person delegated to do so.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Intern should be a Mass Communication Graduate from Uganda Christian University preferably with a Print Option with at least a second class degree (lower).
  • He/she must have graduated not more than three years ago.
  • He/she must be highly proficient or have a working knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Photoshop computer programs
  • He/she must demonstrate the willingness to work as part of a team and be available on call
  • He/she must be ready to work during odd hours and at the weekends when the need arises.
  • Must be a committed practicing Christian
How to Apply for the job:
All qualified candidates should send two (2) copies of an application letter clearly demonstrating suitability together with updated Curriculum Vitae and three references.
Please remember to attach two (2) copies of academic and professional certificates and transcripts
The Director of Human Resource & Administration
Uganda Christian University
Pilkington Building
Po Box 4, Mukono, Uganda
Deadline: Friday, 30th May 2014 by 5:00p.m.
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