Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 2430


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Salary Range 17 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072


The NEWSPAPER NIGHT SHIFT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR is responsible for the night shift completion of composition and production work on a daily student newspaper in a Higher Education institution. Employees in this class coordinate and schedule the work of a small staff of student employees working in the composition and production area and participate in the production and composition work.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.

Employees in this class work during the academic year, approximately nine months in duration.


  1. Production Coordination. Typical tasks: coordinates continuation of copy flow from the day shift by consulting with Newspaper Production Supervisor regarding the status of production and to receive instructions or advice on unusual production problems; consults with student editors, news staff and advertising staff, to exchange information regarding production problems to be resolved by the night shift; schedules work flow for the night shift; oversees the call-up of newscopy for final paging and correction; oversees completion of paste-up, photo work, and ad copy; if unexpected production problems arise, notifies printer if final copy will be delivered after normal deadline; at end of shift, oversees clearing of UPI memory for next day's filing of stories; releases staff and delivers copy to printers.
  2. Composition and Production. Typical tasks: trains and assists student employees in newspaper composing room activities including the operation of an electronic copy processing computer and terminals, electronic photo-typesetter with direct entry keyboard for display ads and headlines, a digitized typesetter and previewer for ad and news typesetting, a process camera and developer for photo-mechanical reproduction of news and ad material including enlargements, reductions, screens, and reverses; trains and assists students in paste-up procedures and techniques for hand composition of ad and news pages; trains and assists in ad copy corrections, art preparation techniques, and the call up of news copy to the production room computer for review and corrections; trains and assists students in production techniques for in-house publications or other contracted student publications; trains students in the proper shutdown procedures of the equipment at the end of the shift, and the delivery of copy to the printer; reviews work of students as completed for accuracy and conformance to editorial and production standards; advises Newspaper Production Supervisor of any equipment or production problems, student worker scheduling, changes, or overtime necessary.
  3. Equipment Operation and Maintenance. Typical tasks: as back-up, operates when needed all production equipment including an electronic copy processing system used in news and classified ad copy setting, an electronic photo-typesetter with direct entry keyboard for display ads and headlines, a digitized photo-typesetter and terminals used for news and ad typesetting and a process camera and processor used in news and ad material production including enlargements, reductions, screens, and reverses; may perform work at a light table and use related hand equipment for ad and page paste-up; provides normal maintenance on all equipment used.


Employees in this class have frequent daily contact with student news, advertising and editorial staff to exchange information and provide advice regarding their work as it affects production. There is occasional contact with students, faculty, or staff making inquiries about the student newspaper. On occasion, employees in this class will be in contact with the contracted printer to advise them of delivery time of final copy.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from an academic supervisor and coordinate efforts with the Newspaper Production Supervisor but must work independently to accomplish the tasks. Work is guided by the student newspaper and student media stylebook, the UPI or AP stylebooks, and by the Canons of Journalism, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers' Code of Ethics, and State and Federal law relating to newspaper production.


Positions are primarily found in a printing plant. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location


Work in this class requires the willingness and ability to work the night shift.

Three years of clerical, editing, and/or newspaper production experience which provides a knowledge of:

  • computerized text storage
  • computerized editing units
  • direct entry keyboards for computerized typesetter and previewer
  • related computer software
  • newspaper layout, paste-up and straight matter corrections