Communities of Hope: Public Relations Associate

Job Description

Communities of Hope, a growing journalism and community news organization in the Department of Media, Design & Communication, is looking for a student worker to assist our organization in building and maintaining a positive public image.

Working in this position, you will be expected to:

  • Assist with the planning, liaison, and organization of projects by making contacts on campus and in local communities (phone calls, Zoom sessions, etc.), identifying potential source materials, and organizing and assisting students’ work
  • Assist with the preparation and editing of public relations materials (press releases, informational and educational pamphlets, brochures, social media products, newsletters, podcasts, videos, etc.) to promote our mission and work 
  • Assist with the updating and maintenance of the organization’s social media accounts, web content, and any other social relationship building and identity programs
  • Assist with the maintenance of a database of projects, organizations, and community needs.

The student will receive credit (bylines) and hold shared copyrights of every distributed product.

Special Skills Needed (You will learn most of it on the job): 
Public relations and social media management; Effective written, verbal, and intercultural communication; Community organization and/or engagement; Time management and organizational skills

Basic media law and data management using Google Sheets (preferred but not required)

Academic Major/Minor Preferred: 
Public Relations; Communication & Media Studies or Journalism (with minor or experience in public relations)

Any majors with community and social media management skills, intercultural communication knowledge, organizational skills and a general understanding of news media may apply.

Starting Date:
Applications will stay open until the position is filled.

*Students are prohibited from driving during work-study employment with the limited exception of authorized work-study driver positions.

**Only students who are fully vaccinated are permitted to work on-site.  Unvaccinated students will be permitted to only work remotely.

About Communities of Hope:
Communities of Hope is a community-driven solutions journalism news service working with specific groups of people who have been erased, marginalized, underrepresented, misrepresented, and maligned by mainstream media outlets.

Our mission is to empower people in those communities through training, paid work, information gathering, and educational storytelling so that they can participate in the public conversations about their histories, their roles in society, and the issues that affect them, making them a central part of the decision-making process.

Starting Date

Department Information

Contact Name

Bernardo H. Motta


Department of Media, Design & Communication

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