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Editor-In-Chief

  • Big picture ideas
  • Chooses editorial staff
  • Sets expectations and guidelines for entire staff
  • Creates grading system for editorial board
  • Conducts budget, staff and planning meetings
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Proofreads all stories before it is sent to print
  • Meets regularly with the public relations director to discuss progress, needs, social media and evaluations
  • Helps section editors with special projects
  • Delegates responsibilities and empowers staff
  • Provides regular feedback to the editorial board
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing respectively and constructively and guiding by example in managing

Managing Editor

  • In charge of day to day operations
  • Assists in choosing editorial staff
  • Has a strong presence in the news room and is there to guide editors
  • Assists with budget, staff and planning meetings
  • Helps editor-in-chief with planning, decision making and evaluating section editors
  • Assists in reading copy and helping editors with management
  • Overseas the work of section editors and their staff
  • Provides regular feedback, constructive comments and training for section editors
  • Helps section editors on special projects and delegates responsibilities as needed
  • Works closely with production staff and design to ensure smooth copy flow and successful layout
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing respectively and constructively and guiding by example in managing

Art Director

  • Chooses front page designers and illustrators
  • Designs pages according to space allotted by advertising
  • Advises section editors and designers on layout of pages
  • Creates graphics as needed for stories
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Takes the final look at the pages for print with editor-in-chief and managing editor
  • Trains designers and section editors on requirements and expectations
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials 

Chief Copy Editor 

  • Selects a copy editors for staff
  • Supervises copy editors, proofreads and publishes stories
  • Oversees copy flow to ensure efficiency and promptness
  • Maintains schedule of copy editors
  • Edits copy, headlines, checks for accuracy and fairness
  • Evaluates and meeting with copy editors weekly
  • Provides regular feedback, constructive comments and training for copy editors
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meeting
  • Comes in before the paper goes to print to proofread each section
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance

Web Editor

  • Makes sure all multimedia is properly working
  • Updates the website when necessary
  • Ensures all links leading to the website from other sources are working
  • Works on uploading content
  • Remodels website
  • Remodels application
  • Remodels advertising website
  • Encourages and teaches multimedia ideas
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing respectively and constructively and guiding by example in managing

News Editor

  • Hires a reporting staff
  • Supervises reporting staff a and assures all meet news copy deadlines
  • Generates budgets story assignments for campus and community news on a daily and weekly basis
  • Assigns beats to reporters
  • Secures coverage of breaking news and plans other coverage well in advance
  • Takes story ideas, tops and concerns and responds efficiently
  • Enforces and creates deadlines
  • Helps design pages, oversees production and proofreads final layout of news pages
  • Encourages a wide variety of news stories
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Helps with compiling briefs, stories and the blotter
  • Does the first read and copyedit on stories
  • Edit and coaches with writers weekly
  • Establishes occasional series and special features
  • Coordinates photo coverage with the photo editor
  • Requests graphic from arts director as needed
  • Provides regular feedback, constructive comments and training for staff
  • Evaluates and meets with reporters every week
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Writes news and investigative reports as needed
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing respectively and constructively and guiding by example in managing
  • Encourages enterprising stories

Sports Editor 

  • Selects and trains a staff of reporters
  • Supervises sports reporters and columnists
  • Generates and budgets story assignments for campus sports on a daily and weekly basis
  • Enforces and creates deadlines
  • Secures coverage of breaking news sports events
  • Updates the sports Twitter daily
  • Assigns beats to reporters
  • Encourages enterprising stories
  • Plans all known coverage well in advance and cover sports events and post them in a timely manner
  • Does first reads of all sports copy and coaches reporters
  • Compiles sports briefs and stories
  • Working with managing editor to coordinate material for special sports sections
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Encourages strong sports news and features stories
  • Takes story ideas, tips and concerns and responds quickly and efficiently
  • Coordinates photo coverage with photo editor
  • Requests creation of graphics from arts director as needed
  • Provides regular feedback, constructive comments and training for sports reporters
  • Evaluates and meets with sports reporters every week
  • Helps design pages, oversees production and proofreads final layout of sports pages
  • Writes sports news, features and investigative reports as needed
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads sports staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and managing

Features Editor 

  • Chooses, supervises and trains features writers
  • Assigns beats to reporters
  • Budgets all features stories, photos and graphic promptly and in advance
  • Generates and budgets story assignments for campus and community features on a daily and weekly basis
  • Does first reads and edits on all features story
  • Evaluates and coaches with writers every week
  • Helps design pages, oversees production and proofreads final layout of feature pages
  • Encourages writers during coaching
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Coordinates photo coverage with photo editor
  • Evaluates and meets with staff every week
  • Writes a feature story occasionally
  • Encourages enterprising stories
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads features staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and managing

Opinion Editor

  • Chooses columnists and illustrators
  • Supervises and trains columnists
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Schedules when columns will be published daily and weekly
  • Does first reads and edits on all columns
  • Evaluates and coaches with writers every week
  • Helps design pages, oversees production and proofreads final layout of opinion pages
  • Encourages writers during coaching
  • Enforces deadlines and attendance
  • Evaluates and meets with staff every week
  • Writes a column occasionally
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads features staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and

Arts Editor

  • Chooses, supervises and trains arts writers
  • Assigns beats to reporters
  • Encourages enterprising stories
  • Budgets all arts stories, photos and graphic promptly and in advance
  • Generates and budgets story assignments for campus and community features on a daily weekly basis
  • Does first reads and edits on all arts stories
  • Evaluates and coaches with writers every week
  • Helps design pages, oversees production and proofreads final layout of arts pages
  • Encourages writers during coaching
  • Coordinates photo coverage with photo editor
  • Evaluates and meets with staff every week
  • Writes an arts story occasionally
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads arts staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and managing

Photo Editor

  • Chooses, supervises and trains photographers
  • Supervises camera schedule
  • Coordinates photo coverage with photographers and each of the section editors
  • Manages the photos on the server
  • Budget photos promptly for all sections before daily budget meetings
  • Maintains photo archives
  • Ensures all cropping and sizing of images meet quality standards for publication and website
  • Encourages photographers through coaching
  • Advises and works with designers to select photos
  • Trains photographers on photo quality and cutlines
  • Evaluates and meets with photographers every week
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and managing

Video Editor

  • Chooses, supervises and trains videographers
  • Supervises camera schedule
  • Coordinates video coverage with videographers and each of the section editors
  • Manages the videos and ensures they are embedded on Camayak
  • Budget videos promptly for all sections before daily budget meetings
  • Maintains video archives and YouTube account
  • Ensures videos meet quality standards for the website
  • Encourages videographers through coaching
  • Evaluates and meets with videographers every week
  • Attends all budget, planning and staff meetings
  • Contributes ideas and writing to staff editorials
  • Leads staff by thinking creatively with story assignments and projects, praising and motivating frequently, criticizing constructively and respectfully and guiding by example in writing and managing

Public Relations Director

  • Updates the Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram daily with new content from each section
  • Promotes the application to get more users and subscribers
  • Works closely with business team to increase profits
  • Creates an Orion Alumni Association through a Facebook page and email list to help with speakers, potential jobs, donation and adds
  • Develop and execute strategies that are intended to create and uphold a positive public image
  • Works to form relationships with faculty and students on campus as well as the community
  • Hires a public relations team
  • Trains staff, delegates work and empowers staff
  • Assist with advertising campaigns to help with ad sales

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