Editor in chief application Thank you for your interest in running for editor in chief of The Nevada Sagebrush. Your application must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Please include a letter of intent and any other materials (i.e. résumé, letters of reference, work samples) you think will help the selection committee (defined on page two) come to a decision. Serious candidates will be expected to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation to the selection committee between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 (time to be set the week of the meeting) in WRB 2008. The editor in chief is responsible for all aspects of the newspaper, including its staff and budget. The Nevada Sagebrush had about 25 staff members and a self-supporting $135,000 budget for the 2010-2011 school year. Every editor in chief is expected to improve the newspaper in some way – serious candidates should be able to show the committee how they will accomplish that. If there are no applications by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, the window to apply will be left open for one additional week. - Please submit your application to Amy Koeckes, adviser of The Nevada Sagebrush by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Please no electronic submissions. - Her mailbox is located on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union in the ASUN offices. - To mail, send your application, unstapled and in a manila envelope, to: o Amy Koeckes Mail Stop 058 Reno, NV 89557 Full Name: ______________________________________ Major/Minor:_________________________________ R-number:__________________ Cumulative GPA: ________ The editor in chief must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and 6 credits E-mail:____________________________________ Phone number:_________________ I,__________________________________________, certify that the information contained in this application is true and complete. I understand that false information may be grounds for not hiring me or for immediate termination of employment at any point in the future if I am hired. I authorize the verification of any or all information listed above. I also understand all information, including the editor selection process, presented in this document. __________________________________________ Signature __________ Date If you have any questions please contact Amy Koeckes at 775-784-6589 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can also contact The Nevada Sagebrush at 775-784-4033. Please briefly answer (200-300 words) two of the following questions on separate sheets of paper. Include them with your application: 1) How do student newspapers serve their communities? 2) What does the First Amendment mean to you? How does it apply to some of the challenges college newspapers are facing today? 3) What are some ways newspapers can innovate the way they give readers information? How does the Web play into this? The Nevada Sagebrush The Sagebrush shall be the official student newspaper of the University of Nevada, Reno. Its primary purpose shall be to cover news and events of students’ activities and interests in the community. It shall also include news of students’ interest in the local, state, national, and international communities. It shall inform, interpret and provide comment on the news. Duties of the Sagebrush Editor • Shall uphold the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics • Shall be knowledgeable of annual operating budget for the publication and adhere to projected budget. • Shall personally and directly assume all responsibility and have complete editorial authority for the acts and omissions of the entire staff in the execution of their duties. • Shall have the sole right to appoint, dismiss and set salaries for staff members, and take sole responsibility for the acts and omissions of those staff members. • The editor shall be solely responsible for the content of the Sagebrush and shall insure that no material violates the laws of libel, copyright or postal regulations. • Shall have the right to determine what news and editorial material shall be printed, and to determine what prominence shall be given. • Shall see that all errors in fact are corrected in the issue following the discovery of such errors. • Shall write editorials for the editorial section or assign the editorial writing, and shall have review of all columns and letters to the editor for the editorial section. • Public Service Announcements from recognized charitable nonprofit organizations shall be placed in the Sagebrush at the full discretion of the editor on a space‐available basis. • Shall produce a comprehensive manual of standard operations. • Shall act as the liaison to the advertising department. Editor in chief selection process A selection committee will meet between April 1‐30 of each year to select the editors and manager for The Nevada Sagebrush. The dates for application acceptance and selection committee meeting must be set by March 15 each year by the Media Board. The application deadline will be the Wednesday before the selection committee meeting date and in the event there are no applicants for the publication the deadline will be extended for one week. Candidates must be present to be considered for the job. To start the meeting, the advisor will give a presentation to the committee about the various demands of the job including the duties outlined in the Media Board. The student publications adviser, as a non‐voting member, will preside over the meeting to maintain order under Roberts Rules of Order. The candidates, in alphabetical order by last name, will give their presentations to the committee and will be given 10 minutes for a presentation followed by questions from the committee. Candidates not giving a presentation at the time must leave the room. The committee will ask the candidates questions about their potential editorship after their presentation is finished. Once the all candidate presentations have concluded and candidates have left the room, there will be time for public comment. The committee will then begin its deliberation. The candidate receiving the majority of votes will officially take on the responsibilities as editor in chief after the last issue of the spring semester is published. If there is a tie, the sitting editor in chief will cast the tie‐breaking vote. The vote will be made public and the outgoing editor or senior staff member will read a statement as to why the editor was selected. The Selection Committee*: • Six representatives from the editorial staff of The Nevada Sagebrush. The delegation must include one representative from upper management. Upper management constitutes as someone who oversees more than one editorial department. To choose the other five representatives, all editorial staff members will secretly nominate five people at a staff meeting (including themselves if they see fit) to sit on the selection committee. The editor in chief or adviser will collect the ballots. The five people with the most votes will sit on the committee. If there are any ties, the staff will vote again to break the ties until there are no more. If there are no representatives from upper management, the staff will nominate six representatives. • ASUN Advertising Coordinator, or a student representative from the advertising staff • Two Student Media Publication Board editors/manger, to be decided among the editors/manger. If one of the two cannot make it, the third editor/manger will be contacted. If none of these three can make it the Student Media Publication Board editor/manager will send someone from their current paid staff. • Two students‐at‐large who have not held or run for an ASUN position or worked or written for The Nevada Sagebrush. The student publication adviser determines which students to include on the committee. The adviser will solicit for volunteers and, through one‐on‐one interviews, will choose the students‐at‐large based on their familiarity with the Sagebrush and desire to see it have a successful future. All names and resumes must be presented to the selection committee and a written justification presented to the board, by the adviser, as to why these two students where selected. *Besides the ASUN Advertising Member, all voting members must be half‐time students at the University of Nevada, Reno who are not running for editor in chief. Auxiliary members • Current editor in chief: Non‐voting, advisory member. Will cast tie‐breaking vote if needed. • ASUN/Student Activities Publications adviser: Non‐voting, advisory member. Maintains order. • Students, faculty and members of the community are invited to come to the meeting to voice any opinions or concerns during the public comment portion of the selection meeting.
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