The role of a Staff Writer

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  • As a Staff Writer, they will be responsible for writing the topics the editors or the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) gives them.
  • Staff Writers are welcomed to pitch some of their own ideas during the Monday Meetings or on Slack as well.
  • Staff writes will be assigned a section and a beat within that section based on their writing abilities, which they must cover.
  • All articles must be 500 words or longer, and the articles are due on Saturday nights by 11:59 p.m. unless said otherwise; with at least an article a week or more turned in.
  • Plagiarism is dishonest and unacceptable.
  • Changing quotes in any way besides summing them up is also dishonest and unacceptable.
  • Staff Writers are encouraged to take pictures at events either with their phones or the cameras that Highlander Student Media can rent out to them.
    • Talk to the EIC 24 hours before the event to file the correct information on time.
    • If The Tartan has Photographers on staff, those are available for your use as well.
  • There are weekly Monday meetings from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. which are mandatory for Staff Writers to attend for ideas, comments, assignments and tons of other information.
  • Staff Writers must keep in contact with their Section Editors weekly (We use the Slack app).
  • Staff Writers might be asked to use social media and occasionally help with events on campus to promote The Tartan (i.e. CLub Fair, Table at the Bonnie, ect.).
  • Editorial writing, which is here for Staff Writers of The Tea and Culture, 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 EIC has the right to change, takeaway, or alter any of the duties mentioned above.