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So, you’re interested in working for The Black Sheep? Is it the fact that we’re a student driven-media company that drew you to us, or did you like how we’re a fast-growing company with products at over 50 campuses? Do you like the challenge of working for a growing start-up, one that understands a college student’s life is busy, and works to accommodate their schedules? Well, then you should read the job descriptions below and then apply to the job that best suits your unique set of skills. While you do that we’ll go uncork a bottle of fine wine. Well, we’ll take the cardboard off the front of the box.

Chief Campus Editor

Position Description:
As Chief Campus Editor, you will oversee all aspects of content creation—idea generation, article construction, editing, and article marketing—of The Black Sheep on your campus. Ultimately, you are responsible for making sure you have the best staff in place to create and promote the best local, timely, relevant, funny content possible. In turn you will receive training and support from your corporate-level National Campus Editor. Must be an undergrad student.

• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets
• Be a part of the core team responsible for launching, developing, and growingThe Black Sheep on your campus, an experience that cannot be matched through any other internship
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
• Be considered for a full time position immediately after graduation
• This is a paid position

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct regular meetings with the staff to brainstorm content ideas—print, visual, audio, or video-- pertaining to upcoming, relevant on-campus events
• Establish clear deadlines for when content needs to be submitted and when content will be posted
• Edit and post content in a timely manner to the best of your ability
• Establish means by which you and your staff can market finished articles though various social media outlets
• Oversee the creation of 3 to 4 print issues each semester
• Overseeing a local Social Media Manager tasked with the online dissemination of content pieces in a timely manner to relevant parties
• Moderate and actively participate in a private, business-oriented staff-only Facebook group
• Conduct local job interviews

Time Commitment:
5-7 hours a week.

Advertising Manager
Position Description:
This paid internship (commission-based) provides motivated, hard-working and socially active individuals the opportunity to learn core communication, marketing and sales strategies on an individual level while simultaneously working closely with the local The Black Sheep team to promote our print, mobile and online platforms.We also offer internship credit and the opportunity to grow within the company.

Please note that we require 15-20 hours/ week commitment for a Part Time summer internship and 40 hours/ week for Full Time.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Continually seek out and approach new potential advertisers around the campus area to help them to determine how to improve their brand awareness to the students
• Suggest advertising options based on the businesses’ needs and how they’re looking to advertise to the students
• Maintain existing business relationships to ensure that clients are overly satisfied with The Black Sheep -- answer any questions, address any concerns
• Help negotiate contracts and coordinate media placements
• Work with current clients on their marketing plans to ensure their message is correctly targeting the college market
• Help delegate and communicate ad designs, proofs and changes for each client to our internal creative team
• Work with our corporate management team for professional mentoring

What we're looking for:
• Currently enrolled as an undergraduate
• Excellent presentation, communication, and problem solving skills
• Ability to WORK HARD and be persistent
• Self-motivated and organized individuals
• Actively involved in campus organizations; socially active in general
• A good sense of humor and MUST love college
• Sales or marketing experience preferred
• Transportation preferred

Guerrilla Marketing Manager
Position Description:
As the Guerrilla Marketing Manager for The Black Sheep, you will oversee marketing and distribution efforts for both The Black Sheep and our partner clients. Ultimately you will build brand awareness for The Black Sheep and our clients through strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus. These activities will include organized street team sessions, targeted distribution throughout the campus community, promotional events on campus, and other activities focused on dorms and Greek life.  

Primary Responsibilities: 
• Hire and manage a marketing team of 3-5 students under you to help ensure successful execution of all marketing activities for both The Black Sheep and our clients
• Organize and execute street teams, dorm storms, classroom/Greek announcements and other strategic marketing efforts for The Black Sheep and our clients
• Build and manage an efficient distribution plan to distribute 3-4 print issues ofThe Black Sheep per semester on and around your campus
• Attend staff meetings with your local team
• Provide weekly reports and feedback on each week’s marketing activities to the National Marketing Manager
• Continually seek out new distribution locations while also meeting with necessary people for access within academic buildings, dorms, etc.

• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed
• Work with national and local brands on strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets
• Be a part of the core team responsible for developing, and growing The Black Sheep on your campus, and experience that cannot be matched through any other internship
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
• Further develop needed skills through a custom focused internship during the school year or next summer
• Be considered for a full time position after graduation

Human Resources Manager
Position Description:
The Human Resources Manager works to increase the number of applicants—and in turn, hires—The Black Sheep receives at your school.

Primary Responsibilities:
● Build working relationships with university Career Services employees, as well as leaders of university-sponsored groups and Greek communities
● Attend one campus group or Greek chapter meeting every week, during which you will give a brief presentation about current The Black Sheep job openings and the benefits of working for The Black Sheep
● Use both personal and company social media outlets to interact with potential online application sources
● Attend career fairs to pitch The Black Sheep internship opportunities to interested students
● Attend weekly The Black Sheep meetings
● Report regularly to both the corporate Human Resources employee and local Campus Manager
● Update staffing document as needed

Time Commitment:
3-5 hours a week.

Social Media Manager
Position Description:
Through Twitter and Snapchat the Social Media Manager will be asked to grow and maintain a strong, local student following on his or her campus, then use that audience to promote The Black Sheep to readers and fans through regular, humorous, original online interaction. This is an unpaid position, but Social Media Managers can gain class or internship credit. 

Time Commitment:
Social Media Managers can expect to spend about 3-4 hours a week scheduling tweets, following and unfollowing, keeping the account active, and attending weekly meetings. Additionally, Social Media Managers will be asked to produce Bi-monthly Snapchat stories to share with our audience.

Staff Writer
Position Description:
In short, student writers write entertaining, social, and above all humorous content for The Black Sheep across all platforms. Writers will be expected to contribute one article (approximately 500 words) each week. Beyond writing, writers are to attend content meetings held every week. This is an unpaid position. but Staff Writers can gain class or internship credit.

Time Commitment:
Writers should estimate spending 2-4 hours per week writing and attending the weekly meeting.

Musician Offends Richmond Locals on Letterman

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Last night, local musician Matthew E. White was the musical guest on David Letterman. Normally Richmonders would rejoice seeing one of their own in TV, but that wasn't the case for White last night.


The Black Sheep took to the sketchy sidewalks of Richmond to find out why people didn't show much love to White after his performance. We caught up with bike shop owner and former Matthew White fan, Robert Burton.


"I just don't feel like he praised RVA enough last night, and I found it really disappointing," Burton said. "I hate to say it but he's let fame get to his head. I even threw away my Big Inner vinyl."


Burton isn't the only citizen worried that White has lost touch with his roots. With co-signs from The New York Times and The Guardian under his belt, White is definitely making an impression with his music. This year he's releasing his sophomore album Fresh Blood, showcasing at SXSW, and touring across the U.S. It's kind of hard to stay humble at this point.


Sarah Freeman, a local indie music blogger, is unimpressed with White's recent change of tune.


"He got his whole beard-and-glasses look in Richmond. This city took him in," Freeman said. "To see what Matthew has become now is so sad. Honestly I'm just going to quote his lyrics, because they fit the situation: 'we'll miss you baby, we'll miss you dear.' I think this whole community feels the loss."


Freeman, Burton and several other prominent community members plan to organize a support group for former fans in the following weeks. If you’re seeking help getting of the beautiful music of Matthew E. White… God save you, but no one can help you.