Job Positions

 

Job Descriptions and Instructions for Applying

 

Position Maximums:
Editor-in-Chief
(1)
Cartoonist
(3)
Layout Assistants
(2) 

Managing Editor
(1)
Photographers
(3) 
Reporters
(8)

Editors
(3)
Layout Manager
(1)
Contributing Writer
(unlimited)

 
Note:
Once the maximum is reached, recruitment will be closed and re-opened the following semester, unless someone resigns during his or her term. Interested applicants can still be trained in the position of their choice, but they can’t take on a position (if it’s filled) until it becomes vacant, usually the next semester.

 
Positions

Reporters – Reporters are responsible for the coverage of PCCC events and on-campus happenings. They must comply with deadlines and write articles/editorials that relate to events in the media or on campus.

  • To be a reporter, you must have written 3 articles.
  • If you meet the requirement, send your articles to visions@pccc.edu with “Reporter Review” in the subject line.
  • If you do not meet the requirement, don’t worry. You will be trained and will learn the guidelines and ethics of reporting while writing articles to meet the requirement. Just send an email to visions@pccc.edu with “Reporter Training” in the subject line for more information on training.
     
    • Training will consist of:
      1. Shadowing a reporter
      2. Learning the ethics of reporting
      3. Interviewing
      4. Becoming familiar with various types of news articles and styles
      5. Understanding how to use sources/quotes
      6. Basic AP style guidelines

 
Editors
– Editors assist the Editor-in-Chief with article revisions. They are responsible for fact-checking, proofreading, and editing content according to AP style. Editors must comply with deadlines.

  • To be an Editor, you must have written 3 articles.
  • If you meet the requirement, send the articles to visions@pccc.edu with “Editor Review” in the subject line. 
  • If you do not meet the requirement, don’t worry. You will be trained and will learn AP style and ethics of editing while writing articles to meet the requirement. Just send an email to visions@pccc.edu with “Editor Training” in the subject line for more information on training.
     
    • Training will consist of:
      1. Detailed feedback/critiques
      2. Learning AP style and format
      3. Learning to make substantive edits
      4. Copy-editing
      5. Learning how to Track Changes/Comment on a document

 
Layout Manager
– the Layout Manager is responsible for the layout and design of VISIONS. He/she lays out every element (pictures, articles, ads, titles, and other material) on the newspaper through design software. The Layout Manager is also responsible for managing their trainees and hosting training sessions for them.

  • To be the Layout Manager, you must provide a portfolio with work samples demonstrating your layout and design experience. A valid letter of recommendation is also required. 
  • If you meet the requirements, please send materials to visions@pccc.edu with “Layout Review” in the subject line.

Layout Assistants – Layout Assistants will assist the Layout Manager.

  • If you have little or no experience in layout, don’t worry. You will be trained by the Layout Manager.
  • If you have experience, you will receive additional training from the Layout Manager. Please send an email to visions@pccc.edu about your interest.

 
Photographers – Photographers will take photos of events requiring coverage. They are also responsible for the captions and/or blurbs that accompany their photos; this includes acquiring the names of those photographed. Photographers have the option of creating a “photo gallery” in the newspaper that relates to the student body and the college itself. Photographers will also be trained to layout the “Artist Spotlight” page.  

  • To be a Photographer, you must submit a portfolio that contains at least 6 samples of your work.
  • If you meet the requirement, please send materials to visions@pccc.edu with “Photographer Review” in the subject line.

 
Cartoonist
– The Cartoonist draws cartoons and comic strips for VISIONS and is responsible for providing at least two pieces per issue on topics related to current events. The Cartoonist may have an opportunity to dedicate a half- or full newspaper page to his/her artwork/comics.

  • To be a Cartoonist, you must provide a portfolio or sample of your work.
  • If you meet the requirement, please send materials to visions@pccc.edu with “Cartoonist Review” in the subject line.

 
Managing Editor – the Managing Editor is responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief. The managing editor must take minutes at staff meetings, oversee the budget, and attend other meetings.

  • To be Managing Editor, you should be a current member of VISIONS and/or appointed by the advisor. You will be interviewed, then provided with training.
  • If you are not a member of VISIONS or have not been appointed, you must send samples of your journalistic writing to visions@pccc.edu with “Managing Editor Review” in the subject line. You will be interviewed, then provided with training.
    • Training will consist of:
      1. Becoming familiar with the operations of VISIONS
      2. Learning the duties and requirements of various staff positions
      3. Developing leadership skills

 
Editor-in-Chief
– the Editor-in-Chief is charged with staying up to date on current events, assigning stories to reporters, attending meetings, conducting meetings, maintaining contact with staff, advising and guiding the team, making decisions on article submissions, layout, and edits; helping to manage operations.

  • To be Editor-in-Chief, you should be a current member of VISIONS and/or appointed by the advisor. You will be interviewed, then provided with training.
  • If you are not a member of VISIONS or have not been appointed, you must send samples of your journalistic writing to visions@pccc.edu with “Editor-in-Chief Review” in the subject line. You will be interviewed, then trained.
    • Training will consist of:
      1. Learning the operations of Visions
      2. Understanding the duties and requirements of staff positions
      3. Developing leadership skills
      4. Instruction in reporting and editing. 


NOTE:  You don’t have to be a member of Visions to contribute to the paper. Go to the Contributions tab to find out more.

 

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