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Send mail: P.O. Box 6895 Radford, VA 24142

Address: Tyler Hall, 301 Tyler Ave, Radford, VA 24141

Hours: (M, W, Th, & F) 10 a.m – 5 p.m. | (Tuesday) 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office540 831-5474

Fax540 831-6725

Newsroom emailTartan@radford.edu

Advertising emailsmads@radford.edu

(We would prefer you to contact the appropriate editor directly)

Staff Contact Information

PositionNameE-mail
Editor-in-ChiefDylan Leporedlepore1@radford.edu
Senior Managing EditorIda Domingoidomingo1@radford.edu
Associate Managing EditorAnnie Schroederlschroeder@radford.edu
Page Designer-OPEN-___
News EditorGracie Millergmiller27@radford.edu
Culture EditorVan Faust-Stephensonvfauststephenso@radford.edu
The Tea EditorAlexis Gardneragardner5@radford.edu
Sports EditorDavis Byrddbyrd16@email.radford.edu
Photography ManagerHailey Schererhscherer1@email.radford.edu

Jobs

Staff Writer:

  • As a staff writer, they will be responsible for writing the topics the editors or the editor-in-chief gives them.
  • Writers are welcomed to pitch some of their own ideas as well.
  • Writers have the choice of what section they want to write for, or they could write for multiple sections. They are free to write what they want as long as it gets approved by the EIC (editor-in-chief) first.
  • All articles must be 500 words or longer, and the articles are due on Saturday nights unless said otherwise; with at least an article a week from the writers.
  • Plagiarism is dishonest and unacceptable.
  • Writers are encouraged to take pictures at events either with their phones or the cameras the Student Media Center can rent out to them.
  • There are weekly Monday meetings at 7:45 p.m. which writers are encouraged to attend for ideas, comments, and tons information but are optional.
  • Writers must keep in contact with their section editors weekly (Text, GroupMe, etc.).
  • Writers might be asked to use social media and occasionally help with events on campus to promote the Tartan.
  • Editorial writing is a profession dedicated to the public welfare and to public service.  The chief duty of its practitioners is to provide the information and guidance toward sound judgments that are essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy. Therefore, editorial writers owe it to their integrity and that of their profession to observe the following functions:
    1. The editorial writer should present facts honestly and thoroughly. Basing an editorial on the half-truth is dishonest.  The writer should never knowingly mislead the reader, misrepresent a situation or place any person in a false light.  No significant errors should go uncorrected.
    2. The editorial writer should draw reasonable conclusions from the stated facts, basing them upon the weight of evidence and upon the writer’s considered concept of the public good.
    3. The editorial writer should never use his or her influence to seek personal favors of any kind.  Gifts of value, free travel and other favors that can compromise integrity, or the appearance of doing so, should not be accepted.
    4. The writer should always be alert to conflicts of interest, real or apparent, including those that may arise from financial holdings, secondary employment, holding public office or involvement in political, civic or other organizations. Timely public discourse can minimize suspicion.
    5. The editorial writer should realize that the public will appreciate more the value of the First Amendment if others are accorded an opportunity for expression. Therefore, voice should be given to diverse opinions, edited faithfully to reflect stated views.  Targets of criticism—whether in letter, editorial, cartoon or signed column—especially deserve an opportunity to respond; editors should insist that syndicates adhere to these standards.
    6. The editorial writer should regularly review his or her conclusions.  The writer should not hesitate to consider new information and to revise findings.  When changes of viewpoint are substantial, readers should be informed.
    7. The editorial writer should have the courage of well-founded convictions and should never write anything that goes against his or her conscience.  Many editorial pages are products of more than one mind, and sound collective judgment can be achieved only through sound individual judgments.  Thoughtful personal opinions should be respected.
      The editorial writer should always honor pledges of confidentiality.  Such commitments should be made only to serve the public’s need for information.
    8. The editorial writer should discourage publication of editorials prepared by an outside writing service and presented as the newspaper’s own.  Failure to disclose the source of such an editorial is unethical, and particularly reprehensible when the service is in the employ of special interest.
    9. The editorial writer should encourage thoughtful criticism of the press, especially within the profession, and promote adherence to the standards outlined in this statement of principles.
  • The editor-in-chief has the right to change, takeaway, or alter any of the duties mentioned above.

Section Editors (News, Culture, The Tea, or Sports):

  • Section Editors are responsible for pitching ideas at our weekly Monday meetings 7 p.m. – 8:30 (which they must attend) to the editor-in-chief for approval.
  • Once their ideas have been approved, they have to assign and communicate stories, columns, briefs or photos to staff members with instructions about content possibilities and, if applicable, length in their ideas to the staff writers via group messaging, GroupMe, etc…
  • Trains staff and works to improve its reporting and writing
  • Works with writers and reporters to verify information such as names, numbers, and accuracy of details and make sure work is complete before deadline.
  • Works with writer and/or photographer to edit work and explain changes if work is turned in by the deadline.
  • Follows up with staff writers about the status of individual assignments before deadline.
  • Strives to expand coverage to reflect the diversity of Radford University and appeal to a broad base of readers.
  • Edits all assignments
  • Edits headlines and/or captions
  • Assumes final responsibility for the content and readability of their respective section
  • Is responsible for writing stories unclaimed by writers
  • Communicates with photographers and designers to plan visual elements of the page
  • Determines hierarchy of stories on the page
  • Editors are to keep track of their writers, and the EIC is to keep track of the editors. Editors will need to communicate with both parties on a weekly basis.
  • Editors can choose to write an article for that week’s paper, but just like staff writers it must be at least 500 words or longer and turned in before Saturday night unless said otherwise. Another editor must edit their work.
  • Editors are encouraged to take pictures at events either with their phones or the cameras that the Student Media Center can rent out to them.
  • Once the articles from the writers have been turned in it’s up to the editors to edit the articles, post them on our website as a “Saved Draft,” and do layout (on macs) using InDesign, the editor-in-chief, managing editors, and section editors will teach you how to do that. The layout is due on Sunday’s at 5 PM.
  • Editors might be asked to use social media and occasionally help with events on campus to promote the Tartan.
  • Strives to maintain a consistently high quality of content
  • The editor-in-chief has the right to change, take away, or alter any of the duties mentioned above.

Copy Editor:

  • As the copy editor, they will work closely with the editor-in-chief and managing editor on layout, design, and optimization.
  • The copy editor will edit the section editor’s articles that they have already edited on WordPress as a “Saved Draft” and (on macs) using InDesign; the editor-in-chief, managing editor, copy editor, and section editors will teach them how to do that.
  • The copy editor also writes headlines and subheads for articles and partially responsible for creating page layouts that consist of the placement of articles, photographs, and advertisements. The layout is due by Tuesday at 5 pm.
  • Reads and thoroughly edits all copy
  • Edits all copy, including captions and headline, for clarity, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, and accuracy of names and identifications
  • Revises any copy, including headlines and captions, as necessary in conjunction with the staff writers and section editors
  • They also double check that names, places, and organizations are spelled properly and that facts, dates and statistics are accurate. This may involve contacting staff writers’ sources and conducting online research.
  • The copy editor will keep in contact with the editor-in-chief, managing editor, and the section editors on a weekly basis (Text, GroupMe, etc.).
  • The copy editor can choose to write an article for that week’s paper, but just like staff writers it must be at least 500 words or longer and turned in before Saturday night unless said otherwise. Another editor must edit their work.
  • The copy editor can “publish” work on WordPress but first needs the approval of the EIC (editor-in-chief) unless stated otherwise.
  • They have the ability to fire and give out warnings within reasoning to Section Editors and Staff Writers but first, consult the EIC.
  • The copy editor is encouraged to take pictures of events either with their phones or the cameras that the Student Media Center can rent out to them.
  • The copy editor is asked to use social media and to help with events on campus to promote the Tartan.
  • The copy editor might be requested to deliver the weekly newspaper on Wednesdays at 4:45 PM as well.
  • The editor-in-chief has the right to change, take away, or alter any of the duties mentioned above.

Managing Editor:

  • The managing editor is second-in-command, working under the EIC. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the paper and must manage the staff accordingly.
  • As the Senior Managing Editor, they will work closely with the editor-in-chief and copy editor on layout, design, optimization, managing everyone but more specifically the editors.
  • Managing Editors will edit the section editor’s articles that they have already edited on WordPress as a “Saved Draft” and (on macs) using InDesign; the editor-in-chief, managing editors, and section editors will teach them how to do that.
  • Managing Editors will also do the layout on InDesign as well. The layout is due by Tuesday at 5 pm.
  • Managing Editors will keep in contact with the editor-in-chief, copy editor, and the section editors on a weekly basis (Text, GroupMe, etc.).
  • Managing Editors can choose to write an article for that week’s paper, but just like the staff writers it must be at least 500 words or longer and turned in before Saturday night unless said otherwise. Another editor must edit their work.
  • Managing Editors can “publish” work on WordPress but first needs the approval of the EIC (editor-in-chief) unless stated otherwise.
  • They have the ability to fire and give out warnings within reasoning to Section Editors and Staff Writers but first, consult the EIC.
  • Managing Editors are encouraged to take pictures of events either with their phones or the cameras that the Student Media Center can rent out to them.
  • Managing Editors are asked to use social media and to help with events on campus to promote the Tartan.
  • Managing Editors might be requested to deliver the weekly newspaper on Wednesdays at 4:45 PM as well.
  • A Few More Things to Keep in Mind:
    • A managing editor combines the innovativeness of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager.
    • We expect excellent organizational and leadership skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability.
    • Hire, coach and supervise staff
    • Collaborate with the editor in chief to determine issues’ content and topics (usually at the weekly meetings)
    • Serves as liaison between the editor and other staff members
    • Focuses on editing the details of the page, including photos, graphics, articles, and columns
    • Evaluates staff progress on goals and deadlines set by editor
    • Observes constantly and strengthens the staff’s morale
    • Archives weekly folders on the server and creates new weekly folder templates (this one is if needed)
    • You should be able to suggest ideas for stories and see them through to publication.
    • Works with writers and editors to make sure stories are covered with accuracy, fairness, and clarity and helps with additional story ideas and follow-ups
    • Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
    • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style, and tone
    • Control schedules and enforce deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers etc.)
    • Maintains constant communication with the editor-in-chief
    • Aids in the training of new reporters, designers, and photographers
    • Assists editor-in-chief and takes over in their absence
    • Builds and adheres to a strong sense of ethics in writing and reporting
    • Resolve issues as they arise

Editor-in-Chief:

  • The Tartan is advised by the Assistant Director of Student Media and another advisor (an RU faculty member), although the right to publish is vested in the student editor-in-chief.  It is the role of the editor-in-chief to pursue freedoms that shall and must exist in a professional and ethical world.  That world can and must exist on the Radford University campus.
  • The editor-in-chief, for example, must be more than a merely competent reporter or editor.  The editor must be a decision maker, an organizer, a compromiser, a staunchly independent spokesperson for truth, and a person with a vision.  The editor-in-chief must have persistence, dependability, initiative and a deeply profound sense of professional ethics.  The editor must have a knowledge of the tradition associated with both the newspaper and the university.
  • The editor-in-chief must know the community, which includes the university and its area of dominant influence and understand the topics prevalent to the residents of this community.  The editor-in-chief must be dedicated to the truth and responsibility as well as to the idea of “responsible truth.”  The editor-in-chief cannot be a tool of any individual, group or cause.  What is expected, thus, of an editor-in-chief is the wisdom of a seasoned professional.
  • What is expected of the advisor is no less than that of the editor-in-chief.  The advisor is a person who has the professional experience, the educational background, the awareness and knowledge of traditions and the diplomatic skills to work with others to provide the editor with a view that will be “calmly reasoned” in order to permit the editor-in-chief’s decisions to be made from the background of solid advice.  The advisor cannot assume the authority of censorship.
  • Truth, accuracy, sincerity, and fairness are to prevail in the conduct of the newspaper’s business and its publication.  The ordinary standards deemed appropriate by community definitions of decency, libel, and legality as exemplified by the commercial media of the community are to be kept inconsistency with.  It is the duty of the advisor to provide the consistency of the view and those standards as the editor-in-chiefs change and as times change.  The advisor must do this through advising the editor-in-chief, not through censorship.
  • To achieve commitment of individuals to professional standards is difficult when working with students.  Yet, being trained and schooled in these standards is as important as being trained in techniques and skills.  Thus, it is extremely important that a set of standards exist for the production of The Tartan.

Student Media Leader:

Radford University’s student media groups comprise some of the most creative students on campus. Their collective mission: to educate, inform, entertain and inspire, while learning about the process involved in the publication or broadcast of the media.

Being a student media leader is a vital and prominent job. It will take up a lot of your time, and it is essential to be a person that people can come to for answers, a person that can continuously be creative, and knows when work needs to be done and how it is done.

Apply here: (We are currently not accepting applications until 2019)