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					                                    The Deerfield Scroll
                           Application Materials for Editorial Positions
                    (APPLICATION FORM ON PAGE 6 OF THIS DOCUMENT)

TO ALL INTERESTED EDITORIAL APPLICANTS:
        We are opening application for the Deerfield Scroll 2012-2013 editorial board. Again this year, we
will work with a smaller board and six-page issues. We are aiming again for a closer, more cohesive, more
focused group, with closer ties to all members of the Scroll and more enjoyable extra-curricular experience.

        We are looking for a single editor-in-chief and one editor for each of the five sections: (1) Front
Page News, (2) Editorial and Opinion, (3) Arts and Entertainment, (4) Features, and (5) Sports. We
need a Photography Editor, a Photography Associate, a Layout/Graphics Editor, and a
Layout/Graphics Associate. In addition, we will be looking for a limited number of Editorial Associates
from the present sophomore class whose job will be to rotate through each of the five sections throughout
the coming year to assist the section editor. Again this year, we are looking for an Online Editor and an
Online Associate. All positions are described below.

          Be sure that you understand that publications at Deerfield are EXTRA-curricular. They
are NIGHT JOBS. There is no time set aside in the week for the kind of work necessary to do something
like putting out a good newspaper. Therefore, you need to want to do this work. We produce a miracle
every three weeks. We are a hard working and proud bunch.

         The editor-in-chief and the five section editors should look forward to handling a significant
responsibility and to working in close communication with each other, with the writers, and with the
advisors in order to produce each issue of the Scroll. Serious applicants should be aware of the following
commitments:

              o   Page Editors’/Writers’/Photographers’ Planning Session—Sunday evening once a month
              o   Page Editors’ Planning Session—immediately following the above meeting
              o   Group Editorial Meeting—evening TBO once a month
              o   Layout Week—Sunday through Thursday evening once a month.

         You will have to be well-organized and efficient; you will have to make choices; you will have to
be able to work on an intellectual and creative team. The Scroll should be for its editors their first priority,
the equivalent to a varsity sport. So, please, consider carefully your schedule for the next year and the level
of commitment you think you will be able to offer and maintain.

          The rewards are seeing your newspaper read, quoted, and discussed around campus; hearing
people comment on the Scroll when they visit campus; learning that outsiders are logging on to the online
Scroll to read what you have to say; knowing that you make the news.

        When you have had some time to consider the various possibilities, we encourage you to apply
for a number of different positions, thereby giving yourself and us a few options from which to choose.
However, if you honestly think you will be successful in only one position, apply for only that one.

         Remember that editorial positions are serious responsibilities. They are leadership/management
positions—convincing other people to do what you need them to do. If you would prefer to focus all your
attention on writing for the newspaper, then an editorial position is not for you. On the other hand, you
may want to help shape the direction that our newspaper and school take next year. In that case, we
encourage you to apply. Submit your applications to us, Hannay or Palmer in the Faculty Mailboxes in the
lower level of the Main School Building, no later than Thursday, January 26, at 8 p.m.

                                                              Sincerely yours,
                                                  Suzanne Hannay & John Palmer, Advisors
All Editors: must learn to be proficient in proofreading skills (grammar, usage, punctuation,
capitalization, spelling) and in good journalistic style; act as the Scroll grammarians and
stylists; review and revise all copies; comment on all articles and return these to writers for
future reference; review journalistic style with writers; submit corrected copies to faculty
advisors; become proficient with Adobe InDesign publishing software; be punctual to and
prepared for all regularly scheduled meetings.

Editor-in-Chief: This is a top priority extra-curricular responsibility. It must come before
any other extra-curricular undertaking. The job of editor-in chief is the most demanding role
because the editor must know what is going on in every part of the paper and must be
present and ready to step in at any point in the three-week production process. The person
chosen for the editor-in-chief needs to place the leadership/directorship role before the role
of writing for the paper; this person must be well-organized and able to delegate
responsibility properly to the page editors, writers, reporters, and photographers. The
editor-in-chief needs to be self-motivated and genuinely interested in the task of putting out
a newspaper with the cooperative effort of the entire staff. He or she

        1. Oversees the entire paper from start to finish;
        2. Works cooperatively with assistant editors and reporters in selecting articles for
                each issue;
        3. Plans preliminary layout of the entire paper; teaches new editors about layout;
        4. Is responsible for final selection of headlines and captions;
        5. Organizes the review and selection of new reporters;
        6. Consults with the faculty advisors on a regular, predetermined basis;
        7. Writes the lead editorial for each issue or guides the group editorial;
        8. Agrees to learn Adobe InDesign for page layout and to assist page editors in
           learning the same.

        Time Commitment per Issue: 25 - 30 Hours

                    LEAD EDITORIAL REQUIRED
          FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
                                         ************


Online Editor: This is a top priority extra-curricular responsibility. It must come before
any other extra-curricular undertaking. The online editor is responsible for maintaining the
Scroll website as well as working to generate more online content for the Scroll, bringing us
closer to the standards of new media journalism. This person is directly responsible for
uploading articles and photos to the site. This person must be well organized and able to
delegate responsibility properly to the online associate, video editor, videographers, and
bloggers. Though this person is not personally in charge of writers, they must exercise
editorial judgment over the layout of the home page of Scroll Online and assignments for
videographers. This person must also have good communication skills and be able to
effectively explain or summarize complex technical ideas to the editor-in-chief, faculty
advisors, and page editors when relevant. Because the Scroll is still in the early stages of its
development, this person must be both adaptable and innovative. While the Online Editor
must ensure all components are ready for each issue, this person must remain committed to
achieving long-term goals as well.
    1. Agrees to learn XHTML and CSS and obtain minimal Photoshop skills
    2. Works cooperatively with the video editor, videographers, and writers to produce
        video content for each issue
    3. Organizes the review and selection of new videographers and bloggers
    4. Attends writers meetings, videographers’ meetings, editor meetings, and group ed
        meetings
    5. Meets regularly with the editor-in-chief, faculty advisors, and head of
        communications
    6. Is responsible for ensuring that all content that appears Online conforms to
        Deerfield’s technology policy as well as copyright, intellectual property, and privacy
        laws.

Time Commitment: 7 hours per week


Front Page Editor: This editor is responsible for the production of the front page from
beginning to end. In cooperation with the editor-in-chief, this editor decides what
constitutes the news of each issue; writes assignments for reporters; determines line
estimates; writes requests for specific photos from the photo editor; assists reporters by
working individually with them to insure that articles are done properly and in a timely
fashion; must be able to master Macs and Adobe InDesign layout software (including
modifying layout based on articles and photographs; determining type-style and justification
of all copy; inserting headlines, captions, photo credits, etc.); copy edits all material again
before the final printing. This person needs to work cooperatively with all members of the
Deerfield community; this is often high-pressured, last minute work that can be
exciting.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours.

Opinion/Editorial Page Editor: This editor is responsible for the editorial assignments,
the Crossfire, and for soliciting regular columns, commentary and opinion articles from the
Deerfield community at large; is responsible for these two pages from the beginning to the
end of production; determines line estimates; keeps in close touch with the editor-in-chief
who writes the chief editorial for each issue; assists writers by working individually with
them; must be willing and able to master Macs and Adobe InDesign layout software
(including modifying layout based on articles and photographs; determining type-style and
justification of all copy; inserting headlines, captions, photo credits, etc.); copy edits all
material again before the final printing.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours

Features: In cooperation with the editor-in-chief, this editor decides what goes into the
Features section; is responsible for the production of the designated number of pages from
beginning to end; writes assignments for reporters; determines line estimates; writes requests
for specific photos for photographers; assists reporters by working individually with them to
insure that articles are done properly and in a timely fashion; must be willing and able to
master Macs and Adobe InDesign layout software (including modifying layout based on
articles and photographs; determining type-style and justification of all copy; inserting
headlines, captions, photo credits, etc.); copy edits all material again before the final printing.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours

Arts and Entertainment Editor: In cooperation with the editor-in-chief, this editor
decides what goes into the Arts and Entertainment pages; is responsible for the production
of the designated number of pages from beginning to end; works closely with all areas of the
Fine Arts Department; writes assignments for reporters; determines line estimates; writes
requests for specific photos for photographers; assists reporters by working individually with
them to insure that articles are done properly and in a timely fashion; must be willing and
able to master Macs and Adobe InDesign layout software (including modifying layout based
on articles and photographs; determining type-style and justification of all copy; inserting
headlines, captions, photo credits, etc.); copy edits all material again before the final printing.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours

Sports Editor: In cooperation with the editor-in-chief, this editor is responsible for the
production of the sports pages from beginning to end; works closely with the athletic office;
should have a good sports background; assigns sports articles and sports features; makes
written requests from specific photos to photographers; is responsible for reviewing all
sports copy for accuracy in statistics, dates, names, captions, etc.; occasionally writes a sports
editorial; must be willing and able to master Macs and Adobe InDesign layout software
(including modifying layout based on articles and photographs; determining type-style and
justification of all copy; inserting headlines, captions, photo credits, etc.); copy edits all
material again before the final printing.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours

Photography Editor: [Should provide a portfolio of newspaper-appropriate
photographs] This editor is responsible for distributing film to photographers; oversees
photographic assignments; must be willing and able to master Macs and Adobe Photoshop;
assists in the preliminary layout; identifies photos and photo credits; is responsible for taking
photos for late-breaking news and for scanning photos into the computer and replacing
photos and preparing the numbered layout for the Gazette Printers on the final evening of
each deadline.
Time Commitment per Issue: 15 Hours.

Layout/Graphics Editor: This editor works closely with each page editor to create
computer graphics (the banner on page 1, charts for Op/Ed, etc.); must be willing and able
to master Macs, InDesign layout software, and Adobe Photoshop.
Time Commitment per Issue: 5-10 hours


We’re always looking for innovation on THE DEERFIELD SCROLL. What new ideas,
features, columns, or approaches would YOU like to offer us? We’re looking for MUSIC
REVIEWS....CARTOONISTS....BOOK REVIEWERS(we’ll pay for the book)...MOVIE
REVIEWERS (we’ll pay to send you to the movie)....GLOBAL NEWS....CLUBS....CLASS
NOTES....RESTAURANT REVIEWS.... MAKE US AN OFFER!
      APPLICATION FOR EDITORIAL POSITIONS
                       THE DEERFIELD SCROLL 2012-2013
          PLEASE SUBMIT A HARD COPY TO MS. HANNAY’S OR MR. PALMER’S MAILBOX
                           BY 8 P.M THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 .



NAME _________________________________________________CLASS YEAR ___________

DORMITORY______________________________________ ROOM #____________________

ENGLISH TEACHER_________________FACULTY ADVISOR________________________

DAY STUDENT ADDRESS_______________________________________________________


POSITIONS SOUGHT, IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE (For a completed application, PLEASE
GIVE AT LEAST TWO CHOICES)

1ST ____________________________________
2ND ____________________________________
3RD ____________________________________


1. Application Assignment:

    A. Find ONE sample of good professional journalism in a newspaper (NY Times,
       Boston Globe, Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder) appropriate to your 1st choice page.
       Then write a detailed explanation of THREE significant elements: Headline, Lead
       Paragraph, Use of factual information and quoted comments, and explain how these
       three elements demonstrate to you how a successful article needs to be presented.

    B. Online, Photography, and Layout/Graphics Editor Applicants should instead supply
       three photos (for Photography), a double-page spread from a professional
       newspaper (for Layout/Graphics), or newspaper website (for Online) and explain
       their quality.

2. Applicants for editor-in-chief: Write a 60-line lead editorial. Applicants for page editors
and editorial associates: Write a 60-line article suitable for your first-choice page (Front,
Opinion/Editorial, Arts & Entertainment, Features, or Sports). Other applicants (Photo,
Layout, Business, Online) need not write an article. Please see formatting and style guidelines
at the end of this application.


3. For editor-in-chief, page editor, and editorial associate applicants: Please attend a brief “editing
assessment” session on either Monday, January 30, at 3:05 p.m. in Kendall Classroom 37 or
Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. in Arms 50. PLEASE REVIEW THE FORMATTING
AND STYLE NOTES BELOW MARKED ***
4. How would you take on the responsibility of a newspaper position in February (as an
intern) and in the spring term (as full-time editors)? What adjustments to your extra- or co-
curricular schedule would you need to make? What problems do you anticipate?

________________________________________________________________________

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5. I THINK I CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE MANAGER OF OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE
. . . (PLEASE, ILLUSTRATE)

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

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6. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WEAKNESS OF THE DEERFIELD
SCROLL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS AS A NEW EDITOR?

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  PLEASE SUBMIT A HARD COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION TO MS. HANNAY’S OR MR. PALMER’S
                    MAILBOX BY 8 P.M. THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012.
                      THANK YOU FOR APPLYING! WE’LL BE IN TOUCH.
*** Formatting and style guidelines for an article: Remember…
In addition to the general rules of punctuation, be aware of the following:
    Left margin should be 1” and right 5.33” (File  Page Setup  Margins)
    Font: Garamond, 10.5 pt., JUSTIFIED
    Writer’s name at top
    Names spell-checked and titles capitalized when they directly precede a name
      (“Head of School Margarita Curtis”).
    Everyone in the article introduced by first and last name and, if applicable, title
      and/or class year. Refer to them thereafter by last name, adding Mr. or Ms. for
      adults.
    Quotes in past tense
    Varied sentence structure and vocabulary
    Books, movies, newspapers, etc. in italics
    Make sure all apostrophes point backwards when abbreviating a class year (“Marc
      Dancer ’79”).
    Shorter, more numerous paragraphs rather than large boxes of text. Each train of
      thought should have a paragraph all to itself.
    Good quotes, obtained from in-depth, face-to-face interviews. Ask questions your
      interviewee has to actually think about. Make sure to obtain sufficient background
      information—if you don’t understand what you’re writing about, your readers
      certainly won’t. No e-mail interviews should be conducted unless ABSOLUTELY
      insisted upon by the interviewee.
    To avoid misrepresentation, ALWAYS send a copy of your completed article to
      anyone you quote to make sure you have his/her approval.
    Avoid passive voice.

				
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