We believe that young journalists are the future in the same way that digital publishing is. So we’ve created a student publishing guide, which will walk you through everything from designing an editorial calendar to advertising to local businesses to reporting responsibly and defending yourself from censorship. Check out the first installment of our student press blog series to get started with organizing your school publication.
Chances are, there are some mighty talented people on your school campus, and many are looking for ways showcase their work, improve their abilities, and be a voice on their campus. A successful magazine can utilize photographers, illustrators, programmers, marketers, business people — the list goes on.
Appeal to the opportunity for your fellow peers to have their voices heard, develop new skills, create a portfolio of work and a powerful addition to their resume, and join a new social group.
Direct the overall vision and long-term goals for the magazine
Responsible for educating the staff about journalistic practice
Ensuring that top quality work is being published
Facilitate staff discussions
Enforce an editorial calendar each production cycle that details important deadlines and meeting activities.
Responsible for the design and content in each section
Follow their section’s stories through the entire editorial process
Expert in their section’s topic
Find creative ways to cover expenses like publishing/editing programs, travel costs, and equipment
Create and utilize an organized system for keeping track of the flow of money, and manage a publication bank account
Develop overall design, from fonts to layout to artistic feel for the publication
Aid specific, design heavy spreads
Well-versed in AP Style (standard for all journalism writing)
Lay eyes on everything that gets published and ensure that no spelling or grammar mistakes slip through
Be responsible for fact checking
And then of course, Staff Writers.
Staff writers are the main content producers for any magazine. They should be creative, compelling writers, bold reporters, and receptive to feedback.
As your publication grows, you may need add more structure to keep everything running smoothly.
Second in command, a second pair of eyes on everything the editor in chief needs done
Providing guidance and knowledge to staff writers
Build and update website for broader outreach
Create accessibility through social media channels
Now that you have the 411, it’s time to gather your team! Tweet us at #issuustudentpress and let us know how your publication recruiting is going. Then next week, check back in to learn all about the different types of publications there are and make a decision on which kind you want to produce.