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Expectations and duties of editorial staff positions

In addition to duties listed, each applicant must have a professional attitude, work well under pressure and work well with others. Must be dedicated to The Hornet Tribune’s weekly operation. Knowledge of grammar and AP style is required for each editor. The duties of each position may be be changed, added to, shortened and/or arranged as the year progresses.

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POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Managing Editor/Chief Operating Editor:

The managing editor/chief operating editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position.  The managing editor directly supervises the day-to-day operations of the publication, and reports to the editor in chief. A major portion of the managing editor’s job involves hiring and overseeing administrative and content editors.   He or she may write a column or editorial sometimes, and is more likely to edit articles on occasion than the editor in chief would be. The managing editor’s job takes place primarily in the office – it is to suggest ideas, assign articles, handle problems, keep the staff on schedule and answer questions from department editors. The managing editor determines the importance of articles and what goes on the front page. Since the executive editor can’t be everywhere at once, the managing editor may be asked to fill in for her, representing the publication at community events, from chamber of commerce luncheons to fundraising walk-a-thons.

  • Responsible for writing one column for the Viewpoints section each week.
  • Manage and guide a staff of content editors, designers, online editors, copy editors, multimedia specialists
  • Conduct weekly meetings with editors to update weekly newsroom budget
  • Communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief to determine which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Plan and manage all daily operations
  • Hire, coach and supervise personnel
  • Collaborate with editor in chief to determine issues’ content and topics
  • Coordinate editorial publications and meetings
  • Plan and approve assignments for writers and editors
  • Control schedules and enforce deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers etc.)
  • Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone
  • Resolve issues as they arise
  • Attend events on behalf of the editor in chief

Recruitment Editor:

The recruitment editor is responsible for identifying potential employees who can report, write, edit, take photos, design, work in multimedia or online.  He or she must be present for weekly budget meetings and must maintain a file of potential applicants.

  • Responsible for writing at least one article per week in any section of the newspaper.
  • Must recruit at least one person per week to work on the staff.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Set up an organization table at all Involvement Fairs and Organization Fairs.
  • Identify the high schools in the local area that have school newspapers and invite them over for a visit with the current staff
  • Work hand-in-hand with the assistant recruitment editor.

Special Assignment Editor:

The special assignment editor is tasked with the responsibility of editing special assignments as assigned by the executive editor an leading a specialized team of investigative reporters.

  • Write at least two news articles a week
  • Serve on the editorial board and attend all board meetings.
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Direct a team of investigative reporters and submit a budget sheet each week.
  • Complete special assignment sheets each week and forward copies to both the managing editor and the executive editor.
  • Meet with the executive editor on a weekly basis updating him/her on specific stories that are about to be released.
  • Submit disciplinary actions, as necessary, for investigative reporters.
  • Be available for final page editing each week to ensure that bylines, headlines, decks and articles are printed accurately.
  • Accept responsibility for any other duties as assigned by the managing editor.

General Assignment Editor:

The general assignment editor is charged with making general assignments to each content/section editor on a weekly basis and to ensure that each content/section editor has enought story assignments to fill their respective sections.

  • Coordinate beat coverage between the University Beat Manager and the staff.
  • Supervise the University Beat Manager.
  • Structure a “Beat” system for covering campus and the local area, then assigning reporters and stringers to each beat.
  • Ensure that all necessary stories and photos are assigned prior to established deadlines.
  • Maintain a university calendar of upcoming events.
  • Maintain a student organization calendar for upcoming events.
  • Serve on the Editorial Board.
  • Explain each respective assignment to the content/section editors in detail so that the information can be conveyed to the reporter assigned to the story.
  • Accept responsibility for any other duties as assigned by the managing editor.

Beat Manager:

The Beat Manager must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Responsible for dividing the campus up into 25 Beats
  • Responsible for meeting and becoming familiar with the contacts for each beat.
  • Responsible for checking so many beats per day until 25 are covered by end o week.
  • Responsible for notating what events, activities or programs that will take place within the next two weeks for each beat, ensuring that the time and place of the event is noted.
  • Responsible for compiling the list of events, programs and activities and forwarding them to the General Assignment Editor no later than Friday afternoon.

Copy Desk Chief:

The university news editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

Copy chief must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Fact check each article, caption, headline, etc. for names, organization titles, dates, figures and mathematical correctness
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure and completeness
  • Copy chief does not leave the newsroom until all articles have been edited and placed and all printed pages have been proofed
  • Manage, schedule and mentor a team of copy editors, holding meetings when required
  • Communicate effectively with other editors about story content and recurring trends
  • Copy chief will create a list of commonly missed errors caught by the editor-in-chief, the managing editor and The Daily Mississippian faculty adviser each week to return to copy editors to improve the overall quality of the newspaper
  • Will hold weekly meetings with section editors to review egregious or repeated errors from the week before and relay questions from the copy staff
  • Communicate with online staff to edit necessary social media content and the newsletter
  • Identify strong copy staff members to assist with special editions or step in when absent

Deputy Copy Desk Chief:

The university news editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Responsible for having three to four stories a week covering campus events
  • Write at least two news articles a week
  • Manage and guide a staff of news writers, mentoring them in a positive manner
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned, update weekly newsroom budget
  • Communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section
  • Check and keep the news Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, responses to readers, etc.
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief to determine which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Train assistant news editor in managing the section and the news desk’s specific system

Copy Editor:

The university news editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Copy editors must work from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for two days a week editing articles, columns and other material for The DM
  • Copy editors must have extensive knowledge of AP style and grammar
  • Must suggest changes to copy that would improve clarity, structure or overall quality
  • Must keep weekly notes on recurring errors in stories and other trends within sections that need improvement
  • Alert copy chief when a story presents an error worth immediate attention
  • Must have minimal knowledge of WordPress and Google Drive applications
  • Assist in editing online content on days working in the newsroom

University News Editor:

The university news editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Responsible for having three to four stories a week covering campus events
  • Write at least two news articles a week
  • Manage and guide a staff of news writers, mentoring them in a positive manner
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned, update weekly newsroom budget
  • Communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section
  • Check and keep the news Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, responses to readers, etc.
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief to determine which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Train assistant news editor in managing the section and the news desk’s specific system

Assistant University News Editor:

The assistant university news editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Work with the news editor to compile three to four stories a day covering campus and city events
  • Write at least two news articles a week
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly news budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Be prepared to cover breaking news events on days working in the newsroom
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system each day, communicate with photo staff to coordinate coverage
  • Edit news copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional news writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Help organize weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of news editor if current news editor is absent

Sports Editor:

The sports editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Responsible for having three stories a week, updating weekly newsroom budget
  • Write at least two articles a week
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Maintain and schedule writers to cover the various Alabama State University sporting events, press conferences and other sports media opportunities
  • Must be on call to edit stories when weekend games or other events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Maintain a relationship with the Alabama State University Sports Information, coordinate credentials and press passes for sports media events
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief to consider which stories warrant front-page art and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued
  • Editor must communicate effectively with editors within and outside of his or her section
  • Check and keep the sports Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, responses to readers, etc.
  • Train assistant sports editor in managing the section

Assistant Sports Editor:

The assistant sports editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Work with the sports editor to compile three to four stories a day covering UM athletics
  • Write at least two articles a week, including coverage of a game or other media event
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly sports budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system, communicate with photographers to coordinate coverage
  • Maintain the sports desk’s up-to-date calendar of Alabama State University sporting events
  • Edit sports copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional sports writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events (press conferences, games, etc.), which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of sports editor if current sports editor is absent

Viewpoints Editor:

The viewpoints editor must be present for the weekly budget meeting and schedule his or her classes to ensure that he or she will have the time to devote to this position

  • Responsible for having at least seven columns each week, with one or two for each day
  • Write at least two columns each week (personal and staff)
  • Must stay in the newsroom until the viewpoint pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Assign stories to columnists weekly and coach writers in better forming arguments and structuring their stories
  • Responsible for coordinating with cartoon staff to provide a cartoon each week
  • Responsible for hiring a staff of ideologically diverse and critically minded columnists
  • Must ensure the columns in The Hornet Tribune are of wide-ranging nature and contain no personal attacks on any persons, organizations or companies
  • Must ensure columns in The Hornet Tribune are of relevance to Alabama State University students and often respond to current campus events
  • Assign weekly deadlines for writers and ensure that those deadlines are met
  • Manage the letter to the editor email account and respond to emails there as LTEs
  • Check and keep the opinion Twitter account fresh with information about relevant events, responses to readers, etc.
  • Communicate effectively with other editors both within and outside of his or her section

Hornet Living Editor:

The lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having at least three to four articles a day
  • Write at least one article a week
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the lifestyles pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Responsible for assigning lifestyles articles and deadlines to writers
  • Assemble and manage a staff of writers
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories assigned
  • Must consider which stories warrant new photos and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside of his or her section, including submitting photo requests
  • Train assistant lifestyles editor in managing the section
  • Check and keep the lifestyles Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story upstates, etc.

Assistant Hornet Living Editor:

The assistant lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with the lifestyles editor to compile three to four stories a day
  • Write at least two lifestyles articles a week
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly lifestyles budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system
  • Edit lifestyles copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional lifestyles writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with writers in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of lifestyles editor if current editor is absent

Arts and Entertainment Editor:

The lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having at least three to four articles a day
  • Write at least one article a week
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the lifestyles pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Responsible for assigning lifestyles articles and deadlines to writers
  • Assemble and manage a staff of writers
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories assigned
  • Must consider which stories warrant new photos and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside of his or her section, including submitting photo requests
  • Train assistant lifestyles editor in managing the section
  • Check and keep the lifestyles Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, etc.

Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor:

The assistant lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with the lifestyles editor to compile three to four stories a day
  • Write at least two lifestyles articles a week
  • Attend budget, edit stories and stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Manage the weekly lifestyles budget and communicate with staff of writers to find story ideas and assign stories
  • Submit requests for photos and graphics through the newsroom’s system
  • Edit lifestyles copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional lifestyles writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with writers in which articles are critiqued and stories are assigned
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of lifestyles editor if current editor is absent

Alumni Connection Editor:

The lifestyles editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for having at least three to four articles a day
  • Write at least one article a week
  • At least one editor must stay in the newsroom until the lifestyles pages are designed and proof pages before he or she leaves
  • Responsible for assigning lifestyles articles and deadlines to writers
  • Assemble and manage a staff of writers
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit stories when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage
  • Note which writers are most fit to cover certain events, which writers are strongest when writing on deadline, other trends among writing staff, etc.
  • Guide writers and mentor them in a positive manner
  • Edit copy for content, AP style, grammar, structure, etc.
  • Recruit additional writers throughout the course of each semester
  • Conduct meetings with reporters in which articles are critiqued and stories assigned
  • Must consider which stories warrant new photos and communicate with designers and photographers when stories require graphics
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside of his or her section, including submitting photo requests
  • Train assistant lifestyles editor in managing the section
  • Check and keep the lifestyles Twitter account fresh with information about upcoming events, live story updates, etc.

Visual Media Editor:

Photography editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for providing art for all articles each day of publication and videos for online
  • Capture at least one feature photo or video each week with an accompanying deep cut
  • Write or provide staff photographers’ info and captions for all photos taken for The DM
  • Photography editor stays in the newsroom until all photos, captions and illustrations for each day’s publication are proofed
  • Hire and manage a team of photographers and videographers, mentor them positively
  • Hold weekly meetings where assignments are given and photos are reviewed/critiqued
  • Photo staff must compile at least two photo galleries for online publication each week
    • At least one wrap-up of the week on campus and one event coverage gallery
  • Create visual content unique to both print and online, mindful of photos’ online layout
  • Maintain newsroom budget to an accurate schedule, keep staff accountable, communicate with other editors in order to have all the art for each day
  • Utilize system of obtaining each section’s requests for photo assignments
  • Have knowledge of Photoshop
  • Skills in making graphics and photo illustrations is not required but encouraged
  • Editor must communicate effectively with his or her fellow editors both within and outside his or her section
  • Provide specific photos to online staff for social media usage
  • At least one editor must be on call to edit photos or videos when weekend events warrant on-deadline coverage

Multimedia Editor:

The assistant photography/multimedia editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with photography editor to compile photos or video for everything being published
  • Cover at least two photo or video assignments a week
  • Attend budget, help edit photos, stay until pages are designed at least three days a week
  • Maintain a system for receiving photo and video coverage requests from each desk and updating the newsroom’s weekly budget
  • Manage the desk’s weekly multimedia calendar
  • Communicate with photography staff to find feature photo ideas and assign coverage
  • Edit photos and captions for content, composition, structure, etc.
  • Provide online and social media staff with photos unique from print to post online
  • Recruit photographers and videographers throughout the course of each semester
  • Be present at weekly meetings with photographers in which photos/captions are critiqued and coverage assignments are given
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of photography editor if current editor is absent

Presentation and Design Editor:

At least one layout design editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget Sunday through Thursday.

  • Responsible for the design and layout of The Daily Mississippian every day
  • Responsible for being in the newsroom until pages have been finalized by the editor-in-chief and sent to the printer
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe InDesign is required
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is preferred
  • Must adhere to the design standards of the paper, though creativity is encouraged
  • Balance schedule with other design editor to evenly work each week
  • Responsible for creating graphics in advance and communicating with the various section editors to get information needed for graphics
  • Communicate with section editors to prepare stories requiring special designs or layouts
  • Train assistant layout and design editor in the desk’s responsibilities
  • Work with online staff to create unique and effective designs for online content
  • Communicate with photo staff to decide photo layout and available space

Assistant Presentation and Design Editor:

The assistant layout and design editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget two days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Work with design editor to create layouts and necessary graphics for publication
  • Produce graphics and illustrations for individual stories
  • Attend budget, edit graphics and stay until pages are designed at least two days a week
  • Maintain a system similar to budget for graphic design requests from each desk
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of design editor if current editor is absent
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

Online Editor:

The online editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget two days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend daily budget meetings to coordinate online content that complements or improves the quality of existing or upcoming articles
  • Manage the online staff in improving The DM’s social media and other online presence
  • Plan special online content and campaigns
  • Responsible for maintaining production and proofing of each day’s “The DM Morning Brief” email newsletter each day of publication after articles are finalized
    • Insert headlines, photos, slugs, links into email before the Morning Brief is sent
    • Communicate with managing editor and editor-in-chief on which stories warrant Morning Brief placement and which warrant accompanying art
  • Finalize articles online, including SEO optimization as well as linking to previous DM stories and exterior sources relevant to each article
    • Check that each story includes the correct byline, post schedule, photo and tags
  • Link to relevant NewsWatch, Rebel Radio and other multimedia through the DM website
  • Meet with section editors to discuss how content can be better organized for online
  • Assist editors with formatting stories for online and pairing content with print stories
  • Extensive knowledge of WordPress
  • Be able to learn new online concepts and skills quickly
  • Be on call to manage online presence on relevant weekends and during breaking news
  • Train assistant online editor in achieving section’s goals for The DM’s online presence

Assistant Online Editor:

The assistant online editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend three budget meetings each week
  • Work with online editor to coordinate online content that complements or improves the quality of existing or upcoming articles
  • Help produce an email newsletter each day of publication after articles are finalized
    • Note analytics for “The DM Morning Brief (subscriber changes, open rates, etc.)
  • Publish finished articles online, including proper SEO optimization as well as linking to previous DM stories and exterior sources relevant to each article
  • Meet with section editors to identify potential online-specific content and draft online versions of stories when necessary
  • Extensive knowledge of WordPress
  • Be able to learn new online concepts and skills quickly
  • Be prepared to step into the daily role of online editor if current editor is absent

Social Media Editor:

The social media editor must be present for the daily budget meeting and schedule his or her classes for budget three days a week (Sunday-Thursday).

  • Attend daily budget meetings and stay in the office to work with each desk until social media concerns and requests are covered
  • Analyze newsroom budget to pick up on social media opportunities
  • Maintain budget of upcoming social media campaigns, events to be potentially live streamed and social media goals
  • Report to the online editor regarding social media plans, concerns or updates
  • Publish stories to Facebook each day with unique teasers and links if necessary
  • Responsible for working with editors to regularly post quality content (outside of published stories) on DM Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts
    • Use social media to promote DM content we can not physically publish in print
  • Plan social media for big events, including but not limited to hashtags for the staff to use and promote during coverage, plan for what to post and when during the event
    • Do we want to publish photos to Facebook ahead of time? Do we live tweet?
  • Regularly monitor social media accounts for comments and messages
  • Be on call to manage social media during breaking news
  • Work on improving The DM’s online presence, including outlining weekly/monthly goals and monitoring changes in followers, readership and interaction
  • Provide analytics reports at daily budget meetings
  • Define and keep track of weekly social media goals
  • Keep content uniform, accurate and engaging across all DM social media

 

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