This will most likely be my final news post here, at least for a long, long while. I am stepping down from the pedestal of News Editor, and passing on the torch after a good run. Being the last survivor of the original news monkeys hired, I’d like to take a small recap on my experience here, and give some pointers for any of you folks thinking of taking up the job.

When I first applied for the job, I immediately regretted it. My schedule mushroomed into a time-munching monster, and I fervently hoped that I wouldn’t get a call back from my application. Of course, we all know I did get a response, but did I back down? Did I go back on my word? No; I am not that kind of guy. I accepted and violently made room for ZU on my schedule. I said I was available, and by gosh I was going to make sure I was. This is the kind of spirit that you’ll need to be a News Editor.

Not long after being slung on the team, I realized just how hard it was to keep a steady supply of news coming in. It’s rather easy to look for it, but when you need it, news hides in the darkest of corners. Worse yet, the audience I had was a hard one to please, so I had to specialize greatly on only certain news, and therefore cutting off valuable filler news. To be a News Manager, you have to be very resourceful.

Finally, after learning the ropes, one by one the other news monkeys slowly vanished into oblivion. Eventually, I was alone with the job of bringing news to the plate. Did I snap under the pressure? Did I even consider leaving? Of course not, and you should know that by now. Yes I went dry for a while, several times, but I never left. This is the kind of dedication you need to be a News Editor.

It’s not an easy job, and for the most part it’s quite thankless, but some one has to do it. It’s a big responsibility, and not to be taken lightly. But I can say since I’ve joined on, I’ve become more committed, more dedicated and more responsible thanks to my experience here. I want the person who takes my seat to do an even better job than I did, so think of that before you apply.

We are looking for someone at least 16 to take over, and well versed in the English language; someone preferably with experience in writing, and someone very responsible. You can apply right on this page, and when you do so, please include your full name, age, and a short paragraph (50-100 words) saying why you feel you are right for the job. I wish you all good luck, and Godspeed.

  • You’re a class act, Mido. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into ZU… truly, truly thank you. I’ll make sure to find someone who can live up to your standards to join the ZU team.