Monday, September 11, 2017

Applying for the position

Below are the positions available this semester for the Journalism 120 class. They include the online school newspaper, podcasts for online and local radio, and public relations for the school.
  • Read through each of the positions carefully and decide on TWO positions.
  • You will write one letter of application that you will share with the teacher on Google Drive.
  • In the letter you will include any experiences or qualifications that are relevant to the position. Because you are not submitting a resume, ensure that you state in the letter what makes you the right person for both positions. Consider what talents and experiences you can bring to your desired position.
  • Check out this link for an example of a letter and some ideas on how to write it.
  • When you have finished your letter, have at least one other student proofread it and then make any final revisions.

THE TALON STAFF

The Talon Editor
The editor will be responsible for the overall layout and design of the online school newspaper, The Talon. Working with the rest of The Talon staff, the editor will determine what stories will be covered, set deadlines and assignments and ensure all The Talon staff are effectively covering their responsibilities. The editor will work closely with the web and layout designer and proofreader to ensure that The Talon has continuity and is professional to its internet readership. The person will ensure that The Talon's online photo database is being well maintained and photos are well organized and labeled. When necessary, the editor will also do reporting and/or writing and take photos. This person will also write editorials. While some of this work will be done in the Journalism 120 class, some of the work will occur outside the classroom.
  • Background knowledge of layout and design or the willingness to learn
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Competent knowledge of photography or the willingness to learn
  • A willingness to work after school and during flex periods
Please Note: Depending on the response, this position may be shared with another person as co-editors.

Social Media and Photo Management Coordinator – The Talon
This position handles all aspects of promoting the content of the online school newspaper, The Talon's. Currently, the newspaper has Instagram and Twitter accounts. This person will also be responsible to maintain the photo database that will be used by both the online newspaper and yearbook staff. He/she will be responsible for the online archiving of photos from previous years and ensuring that the new photos are placed in appropriate folders that are clearly titled. He/she will also ensure that photos contain descriptions of the event and/or names for easy reference. Additionally, this person is responsible to maintain up to date links on the the school newspaper site to current photo albums.
  • Background knowledge of layout and design or the willingness and desire to learn
  • Experience with the Internet and using web design online sites is preferred (or the ability to learn)
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
Photographers and Reporters – The Talon
These people will work within the school, and when necessary the community, to gather news and information that is of interest to The Talon readership and the larger Internet community. They will gather information, do interviews, take photos, and write articles. They will also be responsible for posting their work online for The Talon readership. Sometimes the reporters may do video features where they will report in front of the camera. While some of this work will be done in the Journalism 120 class, covering some events or interviewing some people may occur outside classroom time. These people will work closely with The Talon editor along with the web and layout designer. The work these people do (from articles to photos) may be used for the yearbook.
When applying for this position, please specify where your primary interest is: news, sports, entertainment, kids korner or another section you think the The Talon should have.
  • Good writing skills with the ability to edit and revise your own work
  • Competent knowledge of photography or the willingness and desire to learn
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to work after school and during flex periods
Videographers  – The Talon
This person will be responsible for video taping any events that are being reported and will be used as video features on the online school newspaper. This person will work closely with the The Talon reporters and the editor to script a story idea and then videotape and edit it. They will be responsible for posting the final approved work onto the online school newspaper. While some of this work will be done in the Journalism 120 class, sometimes it will be required for videotaping and editing to occur after school or during flex period. The videographer will also work closely with the yearbook staff since access to produced videos can be included in the yearbook. 
  • Working knowledge of video scripting, video taping and editing or the willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well with other people in a team environment
  • A willingness to sometimes work after school and during flex periods
Please Note: Depending on the response, this position may be shared with another person.


OTHER MEDIA STAFF

Student Public Relations Officer – Blackville School
While a public relations officer normally has several different responsibilities, this position will mainly be about sharing what is happening at Blackville School with the larger community using other news media. This person will be responsible for writing articles and collecting photos that can be sent to local media for publication, primarily newspapers and radio. This person will work closely with The Talon and yearbook staff to collect any material they are working on that would be appropriate and relevant to send to other media outlets. This person will also stay in general contact with the staff and students at Blackville School for potential story ideas. Another responsibility of this position is to ensure that press releases sent to media outlets are ready for publication. This person will also contact and be a liaison with other media to help promote and encourage that material from Blackville School is published. While some of this work will be done in the Journalism 120 class, some of it may have to be completed  after school or during flex. It is also desired that the person in this role may consider continuing his/her work into second semester (a good position for anyone thinking about journalism or another media career).
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Some knowledge of photography or willingness to learn
Please Note: Depending on the response, this position may be shared with another person.

Podcaster (and Editor)
This person will be responsible for writing stories and features for a podcast that will most likely be broadcasted weekly for the local radio station and as the podcast it will be available on The Talon (he/she will be responsible to upload the podcast to The Talon). This person will be responsible to contact the local radio station(s) to confirm they will broadcast the weekly reports and agree on deadlines, etc. This person will work closely with The Talon staff for news, sports and features that can be shared with the listening audience. The person will also edit their work before submitting it for broadcast.
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • An effective and professional voice for radio
  • Some knowledge of editing using podcast software is preferred or the willingness to learn
Please Note: Depending on the response, this position may be shared with another person.

Morning Video Announcement Coordinator
This person will be responsible for obtaining and organizing the morning announcements in partnership with the school. These are the announcements that are presented each day to the school community. Each week the coordinator will organize a schedule of students from across school grade levels who will perform the morning report. This person will coach the students to help prepare them to read the report. In some instances, this person will also have to act as the video announcer for the morning report. If possible, the person in this role may continue his/her work into the second semester.
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of video camera and microphone operation or the willingness to learn
  • A willingness to work after school and during flex periods
Please Note: This position may be shared with another person.

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