About Us

The Cougar’s Byte is produced by the Student Life Media Team that develops content to engage with students, faculty and staff on topics related to student life at Kean University. The Cougar’s Byte covers campus events and issues of interest and significance to the Kean community. Undergraduate students assist with making all decisions related to its publication, including making assignments, reporting, writing, taking photographs, copyediting, designing layouts and disseminating content throughout the campus community.

To learn more about the Student Life Media Team, please contact the Student Affairs Office of Communications and Marketing at (908) 737-5230 or email cbyte@kean.edu.

2023-2024 undergraduate employment opportunities see job descriptions below, please email cbyte@kean.edu with your resume and work samples (writers- articles and/or writing assignments; graphic designers, photographers, videographers- portfolio link or JPG/PDF of work; social media- sample campaign posts and videos) to be considered.

The Student Life Media Team office is located on the Union Campus in the Miron Student Center (MSC), Room 313.

Staff 2023–2024

Managers

Wayne Dawes, Jr., Senior Editor

Nicole Rivera, Photography Manager

Spencer Fabe, Videography Manager


Writers

Arianna Barry

Ch'nya Howard


Graphic Designers

Shamya Houston-Burtons

Gregory Robinson


Photographer

Asusena Tejada


Videographer

Da'shon Curry

Joshua Francis


Social Media

Natalia Andeliz

Melody Cadet


Staff Structure

The Student Life Media Team produces content for the Cougar’s Byte during the fall and spring semesters by working together as a team. Everyone is committed and understands the role of teamwork.

All team members must work 12-20 hours per week (eight hours in-office) during the semester to perform the duties and tasks outlined in the job descriptions. Positions work under the immediate supervision of the Director of Communications & Marketing, Student Media Coordinator and the designated team manager.

All team members will collaborate with co-workers within the Student Life Media Team including assisting in coordinating the preparation of the features, writing, editing, designing materials, social media posts, taking photos and videos, etc. 

Qualifications & Skills  

  • Posses good judgment, a strong sense of ethics, and the ability to multitask
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to enable collaboration with various organizations, co-workers, and community members for gathering and verifying information that ensures the success of the Student Life Media Team
  • Willingness to learn and integrate new tools and technologies, plus basic social media skills (Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, etc.)
  • Possess a high degree of innovation, analytical thinking skills, and creative problem-solving skills

Supplemental Position Requirements

  • Kean undergraduate students only, must maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout the school year
  • Required to attend mandatory weekly meetings during the school year and participate in all mandatory staff training for the Student Life Media Team
  • Support the mission of the Student Life Media Team by participating in and assisting with leadership development and community service programs when necessary
  • Must know and adhere to the Division of Student Affairs office policies

Staff Positions

Student Life Media Team is comprised of the following positions:

Managers

The Managers (5- Senior Editor, Graphic Design, Photography, Social Media & Videography ) work with staff members to generate story ideas, assign articles and content, edit articles for publication, create graphics and social media posts, photography and video assignments, provide training and assistance to staff members for the Student Life Media Team. These students are generally experienced members of the staff and upperclassmen.

Writers

Writers assist the Senior Editor, and are responsible for developing, preparing, writing, fact-checking, and reviewing articles for student media publications. Published articles must reflect information from interviews, observations, and online resources. All writers are expected to produce two articles minimum per week. A certain degree of creativity, latitude, and editorial experience is required. 

  • Ability to create, plan, and develop storylines, in addition to expressing ideas logically 
  • Optional experience in copywriting, graphic design, web design, and photography 

Graphic Designers

Graphic Designers assist the Graphic Design Manager, and are responsible for creating advertisements, preparing page layouts, and producing illustrations and infographics. Designers may assist with maintaining website production, social media, and university screens. 

  • Ability to promptly produce high-quality graphics and execute visuals
  • Required knowledge of software packages: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.), Canva, and design software
  • Familiarity with digital file formats (.eps, .jpg, .gif, .mp4, .pdf, .png)

Photographers

Photographers assist the Photography Manager, and are responsible for capturing campus activity, working with photography equipment, editing images, and creating digital content and advertisements. Photographers may assist with maintaining website production, social media, and university screens.

  • Familiarity with photography equipment, taking high-quality photos, and uploading them
  • Familiarity with digital file formats (.eps, .jpg, .gif, .mp4, .pdf, .png)
  • Required knowledge of software packages: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and editing software

Social Media Assistant 

Social Media Assistant assists the Social Media Manager, and are responsible for developing, preparing, writing, filming and editing content for student media channels. The Facebook and Instagram pages should have daily content posted, Twitter promotion of featured articles and TikTok post a minimum of two videos per week. A certain degree of creativity, communication and media knowledge, writing and editorial experience is required. 

Videographers

Videographers assist the Videography Manager, and are responsible for filming campus activity, working with video equipment, editing footage, and creating digital content and advertisements. Videographers may assist with maintaining website production, social media, and university screens.

  • Ability to film b-roll, primary footage, and live feed, as well as troubleshoot equipment
  • Familiarity with digital file formats (.eps, .jpg, .gif, .mp4, .pdf, .png)
  • Required knowledge of software packages including Final Cut Pro, Filmora, Adobe Premiere Pro & Photoshop, iMovie and music editing software

Employment Opportunities

Kean University undergraduate students only interested in working on the Student Life Media Team that is responsible for producing The Cougar's Byte and the Memorabilia, student yearbook, please email cbyte@kean.edu with your resume and work samples (writers- articles and/or writing assignments; graphic designers, photographers, videographers- portfolio link or JPG/PDF of work; social media- sample campaign posts and videos) to be considered.

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