Student Newspaper Advisor for The Echo
Per the NFA Contract, Article 10, TMCC is announcing to all eligible Academic and Administrative faculty that a need exists for an Advisor for The Echo Student Newspaper.
August 21, 2014
The advisor is to assist the English Department chair in conjunction with the Dean of Liberal Arts with the following as related to The Echo student newspaper. The advisor serves as the primary faculty administrator for the newspaper staff and is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and mentoring all students on the Echo. The advisor oversees the production, promotion, sale of advertising, and distribution of the student newspaper.
Scope of Work
This assignment will begin August 25, 2014 and will end June 30, 2015; approximately 105 work hours/semester (210 work hours/year).
Responsibilities and Deliverables
- Develop a plan for the reorganization of the Echo from a course-based student newspaper to a non-course based student newspaper.
Among things to establish will be:
- Recruitment of a student editor
- Long term plan for the Echo
- Publication timeline (size and frequency) for each academic year for printed and online versions of the Echo, including a workable publication and distribution policy. Selection of a vendor
- Review of advertising contacts/establishment of media kit and advertising procedures
- Recruitment plan for students to participate on the Echo, etc.
- Recruitment: Responsible for recruiting prospective students, posting job descriptions, reviewing applications, selecting student positions.
- Supervision: Serve as the primary supervisor of the student staff. The advisor recruits, selects, and appoints the student editor, mentoring the student editor in his/her leadership position of the paper. The advisor will hold the staff to the highest standards of accountability, manage all student payroll in accordance with College policies and procedures. Maintains an up-to-date equipment inventory. Supervises the sale of advertising, ensuring that contractual obligations are fulfilled.
- Training: The advisor must demonstrate a commitment to the publication (print and online) of a high quality student newspaper. The advisor is responsible for teaching and guiding students in the skills, principals, and ethics of publishing a newspaper. In this vein, the advisor must work with students to increase their competence in all aspects of news gathering, writing, development and application of legal and ethical knowledge, and production. The advisor helps students with proofreading and editing functions.
Competencies include, but are not limited to:
- selecting news stories
- opinion articles developing and applying legal and ethical knowledge
- learning aspects of the interviewing process
- research skills
- writing articles
- learning to edit as part of the writing process
- developing art ideas
- designing and layout pages
- learning the photographic process
- identifying new trends in content and design
- learning advertising procedures
- learning to use the computer in publications work
- Mentoring: The advisor is to have direct contact with students on a regular basis and thus needs to have a positive relationship with the students. The advisor is to provide guidance, communicate high expectations, and show an active interest in student progress, promoting academic success as an important priority for all students.
- Fiduciary Responsibilities: The advisor must work within the College’s budget framework and keep current with accountability policies and procedures. In addition, the advisor must approve all expenditures, including student staff payroll authorizations, as well as establishing and maintaining a good relationship with the printer of the paper and developing and maintaining an advertising customer base.
- Accountability: The advisor will meet regularly with the English department Chair and Dean of Liberal Arts to provide reports that detail the progress and activities associated with the Echo.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.
The ideal candidate for this position will meet the following criteria:
- Current TMCC faculty.
- One year full time teaching experience or equivalent.
- Professional experience in media, publication, journalism, including demonstrated skills in graphic arts, photography and a variety of writing skills.
- Proficient in the use of desktop publishing software
- Interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills required to guide students and provide review of written communication content.
- Ability to recruit and involve students
- Knowledge of legal issues regarding media
- Analytical abilities required to assess situations and determine the best method of dealing with such issues based on College policies.
Three credits of reassigned time per semester (6 credits per year) or monetary equivalent.
English Department Chair in conjunction with the Dean of Liberal Arts.
Interested faculty will submit a letter of interest describing qualifications and background information as relevant to the responsibilities outlined above and a current CV. The letter should be addressed to the Dean of Liberal Arts and must be received in that office by 5 p.m. on September 3, 2014.
The Dean of Liberal Arts will notify applicants of the hiring decision on or before September 5, 2014.