THE SEMINOLE NEWSPAPER

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The Seminole is accepting staff applications for the 2020-2021 school year! Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a passion for storytelling, leadership, and community-building are encouraged to apply.

Newspaper is a great way to see SHS in a whole new way, meet important people, express and publish your creativity, and even spice up your college applications, but you must be willing to work for it! Newspaper is more of a job than a class. You will receive on-the-job training to generate a product. Producing the newspaper requires a number of jobs to be done; most importantly, it requires a desire to work hard to produce material that the staff and school can be proud of.

Applications are due Thursday, August 20th at 2pm. If your qualifications meet our needs, you will be contacted for an interview.

Requirements for applications:

  •  2.5 or higher GPA
  • Reliable after-school transportation
  • A parent signature verifying that you will sell ads

How to apply:

  • Download and print the application below
  • Submit the necessary supplementary material for your desired position attached to the application (see below).
  • Request two teachers to fill out the recommendation forms and have them submit it into Ms. Judith Casale’s mailbox
  • turn in your completed application to Ms. Casale’s classroom in upstairs Health Academy

 

Download Application Here

 

Available positions:

Reporter.

Job Description: You will write 2-4 articles every month for our print and online publications. You will be responsible for completing all the necessary research and interviews.

Supplementary Material: To the back of your application, attach a typed news story about a club you are in, a sporting event you attended, or event that has taken place at Seminole High School this year. This article must be written in the third person and past tense. Apply all basic rules of grammar. Use vivid but concise descriptive language and sensory details. Hint: model a story from a newspaper or magazine feature article, with special attention to structure and form. Write about something you are passionate about and let your voice shine!

Photographer.

Job Description: You will take 4-5 article photos each month, in addition to informal student portraits (#HumanOfSeminole series) and several monthly galleries of school events, including football games, performances, etc.

Supplementary Material: Print and attach at least 4 photographs, with one minimum in each category: student life, sports, portrait shot, candid club pictures. Be creative and use a professional camera if possible. Photos that are blurry will not be accepted. Use unique angles and edit if necessary, but avoid filters.

Copy Editor.

Job Description: You will work with a team of reporters to edit articles for factuality, content, and grammar.

Supplementary Material: Download and print THIS article, which is full of errors, and edit it thoroughly. Leave marks and comments directly on the page regarding grammar, punctuation, organization, clarity, and other concerns. You cannot rewrite the article. Attach it to your application with the title “Final Edit_FirstNameLastName” Additionally, upload a sample of a recent work of typed writing that you did for your English class.

Graphic Designer.

Job Description: You will be responsible for designing and creating layouts and mods for our print publications. Strong visual and design skills required; InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator certifications preferred.

Supplementary Material:  Create a one-page, vertical spread on two out of the three topics. Here are the topics: football season recap on a full page (include items like sports, player highlights, etc), a map of where students want to go to college, and a ‘back-to-school’ themed-illustration. Print in color and attach to the back of your application.

Helpful hints: A spread is a visual display of information, often using creative charts or illustrations or graphics. Magazines are a great place to look for inspiration! Please note that you may need to do a little bit of research or writing to have content for your mod.

Manager positions (for returning staff members only):

Photography Manager.

Prerequisite: Minimum one year staff experience

Job Description: Assign work to, train, assist, and oversee all staff photographers.

Supplementary Material: Write a two-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s photography program, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Photography Manager.

Business Manager.

Prerequisite: Minimum one year staff experience

Job Description: Manage all social media accounts and produce innovative weekly social media content. Contact local businesses to secure advertisements, manage funds, and apply for fundraisers and grants as needed. Contact local student organizations to maintain an up-to-date calendar of noteworthy school events.

Supplementary Material: Write a two-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s social media, business, and advertising program, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Business Manager.

Visual Director. 

Prerequisite: Minimum one year staff experience

Job Description: Oversee the graphic designers and manage the designing of the print publication.

Supplementary Material: Write a two-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s design program, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Visual Director.

Online Editor.

Prerequisite: Minimum one year staff experience

Job Description: Oversee the progression of online articles from brainstorm to publication, assisting the editor-in-chief.

Supplementary Material: Write a two-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s online coverage, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Online Editor.

Print Editor.

Prerequisite: Minimum one year staff experience

Job Description: Oversee the progression of print articles from brainstorm to publication, assisting the editor-in-chief.

Supplementary Material: Write a two-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s print publications, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Print Editor.

Editor-in-Chief.

Prerequisite: Minimum two years staff experience

Job Description: Oversees all managers, serves as executive decision-maker, and develops the creative vision for the newspaper.

Supplementary Material: Write a three-page, double-spaced essay assessing the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s newspaper as a whole, and provide solutions and ideas that you would implement if selected as Editor-in-Chief. In addition, we would like to see a vision board outlining the direction you see the publication going in the new year. This should include details on how to get more ads, improve readership, and what you will do to make the staff a fun and productive place.