THE SEMINOLE NEWSPAPER

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The Seminole is accepting staff applications for the 2019-2020 school year! 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 Monday, March 4, 2019. 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 and attend mandatory after-school meetings

How to apply:

  • Complete this online application via Google Forms.
  • Submit the necessary supplementary material for your desired position (see below).
  • Request two teachers to submit short recommendation letters on your behalf (100-200 words) via email to seminolenewsies@gmail.com. Ask them to include your name in the subject line.

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: Submit 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 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.

Photographer.

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

Supplementary Material: Upload at least 4 photographs, with one minimum in each category: student life, sports, portrait shot, candid club pictures.

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. When you’re done, take a neat scan of the edited article and upload it to your application. 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 ‘mod’ on two out of the three topics. Here are the topics: a poll of students on any topic, a map of where students want to go to college, and a ‘back-to-school’ themed-illustration. Please email your files to seminolenewsies@gmail.com with your name in the subject line.

Helpful hints: A mod 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):

Content Manager.

Job Description: Assign work to, train, assist, and oversee all reporters and editors. Serve as final edit on articles.

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

Photography Manager.

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.

Outreach Manager.

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 Outreach Manager.

Visual Director. 

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.

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.

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.

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.