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The Talon

Staff Job Descriptions

The Talon is open to students who have taken the journalism prerequisite, passed, receive recommendation from the adviser, and have the class time available in their schedule. Students may not only show up after school; class enrollment is required. Students are welcome to join the class at the beginning of each semester. Students in the class are expected to have passing grades and adhere to the guidelines set in this manual as well as other class rules. Students interested in editorial, management, or different staff positions must complete an application second semester. All positions will be announced during the journalism banquet. Position responsibilities and qualifications are subject to change, as are the amount and type of positions.

      • Editor-in-Chief: The leader of the paper, makes all final decisions regarding The Talon. All other editors and staff members report to the EIC. In the absence of another editor, the Chief will assume the majority of responsibility or delegate jobs if needed.
        • Qualifications: The Chief must have one year of journalism experience with the publication, be enrolled in the newspaper class, make it to class daily, and be able to communicate well. The Chief must be organized, ambitious, and dedicated. The Chief must know the ethics, legalities, and policies concerning high school journalism.
        • Responsibilities: The Chief will coordinate and lead staff and editorial meetings and attempt to resolve internal and external conflicts regarding the publication. The Chief will also write the editorial, assist other editors, set goals, evaluate the staff, fill out award applications, take the lead in assigning stories, oversee layout, edit all stories, and promote harmony. The Chief will create and manage ways to organize story, photo, and design assignments and continually check up on progress; this will also involve managing the calendar. The Chief will keep track of everyone’s hours. The Chief will lead weekly press pass and steno checks. The Chief will send off the paper and transfer all of the files to the hard drive. The Chief will get the adviser’s gift at the end of the year. At the beginning of the year, the Chief will make locker signs, organize and order t shirts, and make mini-manuals for the staff/ teach the staff.
  • Associate Editor: The Chief’s wingman. All other editors and staff members (besides the Chief) report to the Associate. If the Chief is gone for the day, the Associate assumes those responsibilities.
        • Qualifications: The Associate must have one year of journalism experience with the publication, be enrolled in the newspaper class, make it to class daily, and be able to communicate well. The Associate must know the ethics, legalities, and policies concerning high school journalism.
        • Responsibilities: The Associate must assist the Chief in running meetings, take note of what is said, assist other editors, set goals, evaluate the staff, fill out award applications, assign stories, oversee layout, and edit all stories. The Associate will help the Chief organize and keep track of assignments and check on the staff’s progress; this will also involve managing the calendar. The Associate will help lead weekly press pass and steno checks. The Associate will get the Chief’s gift at the end of the year (if there is no Associate to do this, the highest ranking section editor will).
  • Webmaster:
        • Qualifications: The Webmaster must have one year of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Webmaster must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Webmaster will edit all copy, upload stories, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section. The Webmaster is also in charge of video stories and will upload all print articles to the web the week as soon as possible after distribution.
  • Copy Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Copy Editor must have one year of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Copy Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Copy Editor must take notes during all staff and editorial meetings. The Copy Editor will edit all copy, assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in the paper.
  • News Editor:
        • Qualifications: The News Editor must have one year of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class. The News Editor must know the ethics, legalities, and policies concerning high school journalism.
        • Responsibilities: The News Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The News Editor will edit all copy, assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section. The News Editor will help lead weekly news discussions.
  • Features Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Features Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Features Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Features Editor will edit all copy, assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section.
  • Sports Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Sports Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Sports Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Sports Editor will edit all copy, assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section.
  • Arts & Entertainment Editor:
        • Qualifications: The A&E Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The A&E Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign stories, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The A&E Editor will edit all copy, assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section.
  • Layout/Design Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Layout Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Layout Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign spreads, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Layout Editor will assist in the layout of pages.
  • Photo Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Photo Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Photo Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, assign photos, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Photo Editor will assist in the layout of pages, coach photographers, and edit captions.
  • Social Media Editor:
        • Qualifications: The Social Media Editor must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Social Media Editor must be able to communicate with all other editors, edit all copy, upload stories, coach writers, and edit captions, decks, and headlines in that section.
  • Business Manager:
        • Qualifications: The Business Manager must have one semester of journalism experience with the publication and be enrolled in the newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Business Manager is in charge of obtaining and keeping track of all advertisement and monetary matters regarding the Talon.
  • Assistant Section Editors:
        • Qualifications: The Assistant Section Editors must have at least one semester of journalism experience and be enrolled in newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Assistant Section Editors must be able to communicate with all other editors, assist their section editor, keep track of assignments in that section and check on the staff’s progress. The Assistant Section Editors will assist in the layout of pages, coach writers, and edit captions.
  • Staff Writer:
        • Qualifications: The Staff Writer must have taken a journalism prerequisite and be enrolled in newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Staff Writers must be able to communicate with others and be responsible with their given assignments.
  • Photographer:
        • Qualifications: The Photographers must have taken a journalism prerequisite and be enrolled in newspaper class.
        • Responsibilities: The Photographers must be able to communicate with others and be responsible with their given assignments.
      • Evaluations: The staff will be evaluated in a variety of ways. These will include tests or quizzes on style, reporting, writing, photography, and other such things relating to journalism. The adviser, Editor-in-Chief, and any editor that assists in the production of the test will facilitate this. Every member of The Talon will receive an academic grade from the adviser. The tests mentioned above may or may not count for grades. Failure to adhere to the guidelines presented in the manual may result in a lower grade or other disciplinary actions based on the editor and adviser’s discretion. Failing to meet deadlines, work well with others, actively participate, turn in quality work may also result in a lower grade or disciplinary actions. Further evaluations will be given during critiques after distribution.
  • Expectations for all staff members: Have a flash drive and steno. Arrive to class each day ready to work. Always wear press passes when representing The Talon. Act professional on distribution day and wear the Talon shirts. Get the hours needed each month.

 

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Staff Job Descriptions