Staff positions

Activities Reporter
This reporter is in charge of covering events on campus, which includes precedes and folos. But this reporter should also develop at least one weekly story on a feature or trend (budgets for events, variety of activities, attendance at events, etc.)
Specific Duties
• Attends weekly news meeting with news and associate news editors
• Helps coordinate list of reporters who will cover stories on the activities beat (gives a list with contact information to the news editors)
• Responsible for having a budget for the week prepared for the weekly news meeting with the News Editors and photo editors.
• Verifying accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers.
• Encourage staff writers to generate their own story ideas.
• Ensure their own articles on the budget are in by the daily deadline for non-breaking news articles at 4 p.m.
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)

Associate News Editor
Assists News Editor in performing all of his/her duties (see ‘News Editor’ for a complete job description). Verifies accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers. Helps recruit new reporters and works closely with newer reporters, such as those requesting assignments out of the news reporting courses. This person is responsible for editing all stories turned in by staff editors, along with the news editor. The associate news editor also helps the news editor in running the newsroom. This editor is a member of the executive staff and assists in running the paper on a daily basis.
Specific duties
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Checks the university newsletter on the EIU website each week in order to develop news stories and assign appropriate beat coverage

Associate Photo Editor
Assists Photo Editor in performing all of his/her duties (see ‘Photo Editor’ for a complete job description). Verifies accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers. Helps recruit new photographers and works closely with newer photojournalists, such as those requesting assignments out of journalism courses and non-majors.
• Photo (and Associate) Editor
Responsible for maintaining organized archives of photos, both published and unpublished, shot by DEN staff.
Responsible for recruiting and training staff photographers.
Responsible for maintaining all DEN camera equipment and checking out the equipment to staff members.
Responsible for captions for all staff-produced photos.
Responsible for toning photos for both print and online use.
Responsible for creating, assigning and organizing photo assignments for Verge, web, sports and news.

Associate Pounce Editor
Functions as the editor in charge of this publication since the Pounce EIC is also the editor for DEN online, which oversees Pounce as well. Final decisions are made in consultation with the DEN Online editor.
Specific duties
• Runs weekly meetings
• Develops story ideas (at least 10) each month
• Writes at least two original stories a month
• Develops at least two podcasts a semester
• Edits audio.
• Edits all copy.
• Posts items online (on second and fourth Friday each month)
• Must have a minimum of four (posted) office hours a week
• Meets weekly with online editor

Associate Sports Editor
Assists Sports Editor in performing all of his/her duties (see ‘Sports Editor’ for a complete job description). Verifies accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers. Helps recruit new reporters and works closely with newer reporters, such as those students requesting assignments out of the news reporting courses.

Associate Verge Editor
Assists Verge Editor in performing all of his/her duties (see ‘Verge Editor’ for a complete job description). Verifies accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers. Helps recruit new reporters and works closely with newer reporters, such as those students requesting assignments out of the news reporting courses. Works closely with the news desk, specifically the News/Associate News editors and the Activities Reporter.

Ads Sales Associate
Sells ad spaces. Must be able to maintain relations with clients. Required to meet quotas, deadlines, sales goals. Be able to maintain relations with clients

Circulation (driver)
Responsible for delivering the newspaper to locations throughout the greater university community. Must be available to work most weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. Must possess valid driver’s license.

Copy editor
Edits stories for spelling, grammar, AP style and accuracy after the news editors. Must possess excellent grammar and spelling ability. Must have good work ethic and responsibility. Edits stories as assigned, assembles wire packages and designs some pages. Must attend the daily news meeting at 5 p.m. and completes pages and stories on the deadlines assigned on the daily news budget.
Specific duties
• Proofs pages as assigned each night (and makes sure the corrections are placed on the page by proofing the revised page as well)
• Compiles briefs for state, nation and world pages, as assigned
• Writes captions and kickers in the present tense
• Writes clever, accurate, active headlines
• Edits all visual elements first (heads, captions, graphic information, etc.)

Campus Editor
This editor coordinates coverage of news on campus, in coordination with the news editors. Several beats report directly to this editor, including activities, …
Specific duties
• Generates article ideas.
• Assigns articles to staff writers and reporters.
• Responsible for editing all articles off desk before turning them into the news desk. Verifies accuracy and validity of sources.
• Runs weekly meeting with campus and activities reporters to discuss story ideas and to address training.
• Responsible for having a budget for the week prepared for the weekly news meeting with the News Editors and photo editors.
• Encourages staff writers to generate their own story ideas.
• Ensures articles on the budget are in by the daily deadline for non-breaking news articles at 4 p.m.
• Meets weekly with the university’s director of housing and dining
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Copies police log each week and compiles it for publication each week

Campus reporter
Campus news and events as assigned by the news and campus editors. Develops stories that inform and engage readers. Writes at least two stories a week and may cover a beat, as assigned by the campus editor. Reports directly to campus editor but will also work with the associate news or news editor.

City reporter
Writes articles about the Charleston and the surrounding communities as assigned by the news editor. Also, generates story ideas for weekly news meetings. Writes stories on a deadline. Develops visual elements (photos, fact boxes, graphics) for stories and completes photo request forms more at least two days before stories take place.
Specific duties
• Meets weekly with the Charleston mayor
• Blotter: Each day the Senior City Reporter is responsible for going to the police department on sixth street and getting the blotter.
• Covers biweekly Charleston city council meetings
• Writes precede for each Charleston city council meeting
• Finds, develops news and feature stories
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Copies city police log each week and compiles it for publication each week

Dennews.com/Pounce Online associate editor
Must work with the EIC to increase integration of the staff.
Must attend the weekly online staff meeting and the weekly news meeting.
Must blog weekly.
Must copy edit the blogs three days a week.
Must do one podcast per month and one interactive slideshow every two months.
Must fulfill 4 office hours each week.
Must meet weekly with Matt Wills in order to receive interactive content to work on- this is what you work on during your office hours.
Must supervise posting three nights a week.
Must meet deadlines.

Editor in chief
The editor in chief is solely responsible for the entire content of The Daily Eastern News. (Financial matters are ultimately controlled by the publications director.) Much like the President of the United States, the editor in chief should be aware of the activities of his/her subordinates, which can best be achieved through communication with the managing and news editors. In coordination with the publications adviser, the editor must allocate some funds, including travel expenses.

The editor also presides over the editorial board and is responsible for the content of the editorial page. The editorial page editor does not determine the editorial policy of the News. The editor presides over the morning meeting and the 5 p.m. budget meeting.
As the News’ representative to the Publications Board and the public, the editor makes policy statements and acts as the editorial staff’s spokesperson. The editor in chief is recommended to the Student Publications Board by the publications and editorial advisers, and is hired by the board. The EIC also protects the newspaper from financial problems by ensuring that all facts are checked and that all libelous material is kept out of print and online editions.
Specific duties
• Hires, fires all editorial positions
• Holds daily morning news meeting (with news editor, photo editor)
• Attends weekly editorial board meetings
• Edits, proofreads editorial page each night
• Schedules regular meetings with the university administration (typically every three to four weeks)
• Works with the editorial adviser to train news staff
• Delivers the pay roster to the editorial adviser every two weeks
• Serves as ambassador at all major journalism and university functions, such as Open Houses.
• Works the copy desk one night a week.
• Makes sure someone creates PDFs of daily pages for archiving in Booth Library

Lead page designer
Works with editors and copy editors to produce pages. Makes sure pages are proofed and verifies that corrections are placed on the appropriate pages by proofing the negatives at the end of the night. Must know basic publication design, and have a working knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop.
Specific duties
• Designs page 1 (will usually sketch page in the nightly news meeting)

Managing editor

The managing editor directly oversees the production aspects of the News. The managing editor is responsible for night production, the training of the night production staff and payroll. The managing editor also works daily with the ad manager to determine the number of pages of each paper and how much of a news hole each page will have.

The managing editor suggests color use and, if need warrants, front page design to the night editor. The managing editor is responsible for editing classified ads. The managing editor also decides what wire stories to run. This is the second highest ranking person on staff, following the editor in chief. This editor is responsible for payroll.
Specific duties
• Attends weekly advertising-editorial meeting (with the advertising manager, promotions manager, advertising adviser, editorial adviser)
• Creates PDF copies of all pages each night before placing them in the Booth Library folder so they can be archived.
• Works with the advertising manager to assemble and produce the classified page each night.
• Consults with EIC to hire and train the copy desk.
• Runs the copy desk three nights a week either as news chief or lead designer.
• Checks negatives to ensure all corrections have been made (only on he three work nights)
• Edits the advertising classifieds section each night
• Acts as wire editor, preparing wire budgets and editing wire news as the news editor would local content.
• Works with advertising manager to determine each edition’s news hole.

News Editor
The news editor is responsible for directing the news gathering operation. The news editor should consult with the photo editor on a daily basis to discuss story-related photo possibilities. In turn, the news editor should help the staff develop photo ideas. The news editor is also required to lend a shoulder on which disgruntled staff editors can cry. In addition, the news editor should work with the staff editors in developing story ideas and solving staff-related disputes. The news editor ranks the stories from the daily slug lists at the nightly meetings. In addition, the news editor splits the copy editing of all stories with the associate news editor and edits those stories which require special attention and/or will appear on Page 1.
Specific duties
• Responsible for ensuring staff editors and photo staff generate cohesive coverage.
• Oversee updates to the daily news budget.
• Helps train staff writers and photographers.
• Suggest newsworthiness of budgeted articles to the editor in chief.
• Works with Associate News Editor to edit each day’s articles after staff editors edit them and before copy editors edit them.
• Verifies accuracy and validity of sources used by staff writers.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.

Night News Editor
The night editor is the leader of the night production staff, which starts promptly at 5 p.m. and should be completed by 11 p.m. The night editor, after reviewing the nightly slug list and photos, is responsible for designing an attractive layout that screams, “READ ME.” The night editor is responsible for making sure the photo desk, copy desk and sports editor are meeting deadlines. After all, the night editor is in charge and has final say over content (unless the EIC or managing editor directly request changes).

Online Interactive Editor
Specific duties
• Assigns, posts one slideshow a week
• Develops podcasts that incorporate multiple sources

Online Reporter
Works primarily as a reporter for online, writing online exclusives, developing podcasts. Text-only stories will also be published in the print edition.
Specific Duties
• Attends all online meetings
• Submits a minimum of two stories per week
• Maintains a minimum of four posted office hours
• Develops at least 10 story ideas/month
• Develops at least two podcasts a week
• Edits own audio
• May take photos. If not, makes sure that photo requests have accurate, specific information and are submitted at least two to three days before proposed assignments.

Opinions Page Editor
The editorial page editor is responsible for running editorial meetings, including coming up with edit ideas. He/she also coordinates columnists, Viewpoint pages and cartoons. They are also responsible for pagination of the editorial page. The edit page editor must verify all letters, but the editor has the final say (outside of the EIC) about whether a letter, or any other item of the edit page will appear in the paper.
Specific duties
• Runs weekly editorial meetings where the board decides the editorial topics each week. Assigns editorial topics to editorial board meetings.
• Edits editorial for accuracy and style.
• Assigns columns
• Researches, develops editorial ideas (should have at least five developed ideas for each meeting.) All editorial board members should also have at least one fully developed topic for these meetings.
• Coordinates columnists/cartoonist/letters.
• Verifies letters to the editor.
• Designs the Opinions Page each day (must give the page to the EIC by 4 pm so it can be proofed). Makes all revisions and changes requested by the EIC before sending the page to the printer.

Photo Editor
The photo editor works directly with the editor in chief and news editor to plan, organize and schedule photos for all sections. (All non-breaking news assignments should be submitted a full day ahead.) The photo editor also serves on the editorial board and is consulted for visual presentation.
• Responsible for maintaining organized archives of photos, both published and unpublished, shot by DEN staff.
• Responsible for recruiting and training staff photographers.
• Responsible for maintaining all DEN camera equipment and checking out the equipment to staff members.
• Responsible for captions for all staff-produced photos.
• Responsible for toning photos for both print and online use.
• Responsible for creating, assigning and organizing photo assignments for Verge, web, sports and news.
• Responsible for weekly inventory of all equipment that is submitted to the photo adviser.

Reporters (General)
Reporters may choose to work for any of the above-mentioned staffs. Although they receive no pay, they should realize they have made a commitment when they accept an assignment. Thus, they should make every possible effort to get their story – and on time. If reporters are late with a story, then editing is late and night production is late and people get paid overtime (which we can’t afford) and the press run is late and worst of all 9,100 readers get their papers late. So, meet deadline.

Reporters are the eyes and ears of this newspaper. They should constantly be looking for stories wherever they go. Even if they hear of something that doesn’t pertain to their staff, they should call the News and tell the news editor or appropriate staff editor. Reporters should remember that no story idea is stupid, at least tell someone in charge your idea, discuss it with them, and let the editor decide.

Reporters should come into the newsroom to get assignments from their staff editor. They should be sure the staff editor sits down and explains everything he/she knows about the assignment. The editor should, until you are experienced, explain the purpose of the story, background on the issue, and who to call and possible questions to ask. Then it’s time for the reporter to do some homework. Check the archives (bound volumes/online) for past stories on the topic or the people to be interviewed. Ask around to get the lowdown on how to deal with cranky sources. Be creative. Maybe another newspaper or magazine in the journalism office did a story on the same or related topic. Check it out.

Next, prepare your questions and do your reporting. Do not stick to your list of questions. If Eastern’s president mentions that his house burned down while you’re talking about residence hall fire precautions, find out about his/her house. Ask follow-up questions whenever necessary. Always identify yourself as a Daily Eastern News reporter and remember you represent the News at all times. Any staff member who uses drugs or alcohol right before or during an assignment will be immediately fired. Be responsible and proud of the award-winning newspaper you work for. Once you feel you have gathered all the info you need, sit down with your editor and discuss what you have learned. From this discussion you should be able to pick out your lead and the organization of your story. You may discover you need to call people back, don’t be embarrassed, it happens often.

A reporter should ALWAYS stay and watch closely while his story is being edited. Your story is not done until your staff editor says it is. Even then you may get called back to plug in a hole or answer a question the news editors have. Watching while your work is being edited will make you a better reporter and editor and will ensure that inaccurate information does not creep into your copy.

Staff Editors
It is the duty of the staff editors to walk new reporters through their first assignments. Patience is the key here, although plenty of direction helps.
Staff editors also should generate story ideas and teach the new reporters how to generate their own story ideas. In addition, the staff editors should develop a beat system and assign beat reporters. It is important to teach the reporters, as well as the staff editor, how to develop sources, which can often only be accomplished through a beat system. The staff editor should also help the reporter develop his/her story, which oftentimes requires several meetings with the reporter. Once the story is written, the staff editor should edit it with the reporter peering over his/her shoulder. This editing process is extremely beneficial to the cub reporter.

In between the hustle and bustle of dealing with reporters, the staff editor should work on tackling the more delicate stories. Staff editors must turn in daily slug lists of stories NO LATER THAN the time the morning meeting begins. This list will contain stories that will appear in the next paper. At the Sunday meeting staff editors are responsible for submitting a slug list for the week. Organization and planning are a must. This information is important because the executive editors need it to determine the news hole, photo possibilities and story rankings.

Verge Editor
Verge is the weekly entertainment section published on Fridays that contains entertainment-related news, reviews (CDs, movies, etc.), information on upcoming events, etc. This section may also cover issues and trends relevant to students at Eastern. Develops stories that are reported thoroughly. Makes sure section is produced by the weekly deadline (Wednesday night).

The Verge editors are responsible for the entire concept and production of the News’ weekend entertainment supplement. The Verge editors must develop appropriate themes well in advance and generate story, art and photo ideas for the supplement. Verge has a different set of deadlines and production days, but those deadlines are to be met just like the daily ones.
Specific duties
• Edits copy for content and style before sending it over to the news desk for final approval.
• Develops photo assignments and fills out request forms at least four days in advance. Lead photos should be assigned a week in advance
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)

Senior News Reporter
This senior-level reporter works more independently than other reporters, meaning he/she will develop a budget that is submitted to the news editor who is the direct supervisor for this position. This reporter works primarily on investigative stories and on important breaking news stories. This reporter must have exceptional reporting and writing skills. has typically worked as a senior editor for The Daily Eastern News.
Specific duties
• Generates weekly and monthly budgets
• Attends weekly news staff meetings
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• In-depth stories should be submitted (with the assigned visual elements) two days before publication so the reporter will have time to fill in any gaps in reporting.

Senior University Reporter
Covers issues involving the administration, faculty, staff and budgets of the university. Most all interviews with the president and vice president should go through this position to avoid bombarding them. Needs to keep track of regularly scheduled meetings like the Board of Trustees, Council on University Planning and Budget, Council on Academic Affairs, IBHE, etc.
Specific duties
• Meets regularly with the
• Writes two to three stories a week
• Responsible for at least one in-depth story comes off the university beat each week (either by the Senior University Reporter or by another of the beat’s reporters.)
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)

Sports editor
Runs the sports section for the Daily Eastern News. Works closely
with senior editors in planning game coverage, in-depth news stories, features, photo assignments and other content. Reports directly to the news editor. Hires, trains and coordinates all sports staff. With the associate sports editor, sketches out the design for the newspaper each night. Also develops content for the publication’s online editions.
Specific duties
• Holds weekly sports staff meeting (where the next week’s budget is distributed).
• Develops and assigns story assignments (four to five a day).
• With associate sports editor, edits all daily stories before sending them over to the news editor or to the copy desk, as assigned
• Regularly meets with photo editor to plan the week’s assignments.
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• May write stories and columns
• With associate sports editor, makes sure that all pages are proofed before they are sent.
• Makes sure all my reporters have credentials for events when they are required
• Keeps in contact with writers to ensure deadlines are met and that the reporting is thorough
• Attends daily news meeting (typically held at 5 p.m.) to discuss overall news choices and to sketch out pages before designers start working on them
• Meets regularly with the online editors to develop new and existing content areas
• Prepares budget for nightly news meeting
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)
• Remains in contact with key athletic personnel (coaches, sports information directors)

Senior sports reporter
Must have extensive knowledge of Eastern sports, have strong writing and reporting skills, and be creative. Must have the ability to write on deadline (especially when covering late night basketball games).

Student Government Reporter
Functions as the unbiased observer of all Student Government functions on-campus. The reporter reports to the Campus Editor and the News Editor.
Specific Functions
• Reports a minimum three stories a week
• Attends all Student Senate meetings (regular and special meetings)
• Cover special events of events of Student Government
• Meets with the student speaker once a week
• Meet with the student body president twice a month
• Has a basic understanding of Eastern Constitution, Student Senate bylaws and election bylaws
• Hold members accountable for breaking bylaws
• Has general understanding of Apportionment Board
• Provide a budget for election coverage
• Help reporters contact the right executive or senate member if their stories require
• Fills out photo requests with accurate specific information at least two to three days before proposed assignments.
• Develops visual elements for stories (photos, graphics, fact boxes)

Revised 1/8/07 (jg)

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