The Voice, UAM’s online newspaper, will be published
continually each semester through a WordPress blog. It should be a true
reflection of the community it serves and its members strive to uphold the
Congratulations on your selection to the
University of Arkansas – Monticello’s
student publications & journalism work study
You have exhibited leadership skills like making deadlines, following stories to
their conclusions, helping others to improve their work. We expect nothing less
as you move forward.
You follow in the line of
many who laid the foundation for the success of The Voice starting in
2004. Former editors now layout and
design print and Web materials for the Northwest Arkansas
regional copy for Gannett, edit
South Arkansas Leader)
and magazines (Horseman's Roundup),
write columns (e.g. El
Dorado News Times), cover beats (e.g.
make graphic designs (e.g.
Herald) and even own their own businesses (e.g.
Danielle Kloap Photography &
Douglas B. Design).
They started right here, in some of the same seats you currently occupy.
Looking through the morgue, you can see the many incarnations of
The Voice. A new incarnation begins in Fall 2012 as
The Voice moves to WordPress. You will be the oil that keeps this motor running, i.e. you will edit
the daily material coming to The Voice from UAM's Media Services and
Sports Information Department, as well as submissions from students taking the
lab, Newswriting and Communication Writing. You will occasionally receive help
from News Editing students as we train the next generation.
If you ever need help, don't hesitate to ask.
Ethically, I cannot edit, publish or produce copy for The Voice; I can only advise.
But I plan to be available whenever you need that advice.
Ronald W. Sitton, Adviser to The Voice, 2012
Students in editorial positions lead the staff
by example. Less experienced staff members look to student leaders to see how
things work. It’s one reason editors are often chosen for coveted work-study
positions, which provide the day-to-day administrative work for the student
publication (i.e. fact-checking and editing campus copy, publishing edited Media
Services and SID copy to blog, gathering spot news and publication
communications, keeping the lab open, alerting community members appearing in
Typically, editors achieved upperclassmen status in their academic
studies and have shown promise in the Media Communication emphasis.
Working as an editor for The Voice provides valuable experience,
which some publishers value more than a college degree. Letters of
recommendation will describe an editor’s professionalism (i.e. making deadlines,
practicing common courtesies, taking/applying constructive criticism) and
leadership skills in addition to those areas typically mentioned.
The Three E's
While leading The Voice, it will be helpful to
use the Three E’s made famous by Bobby Dodd while doing so: Enthusiasm, Encouragement and Execution.
When you exhibit enthusiasm for your position, it’s
contagious. You should have fun knowing you’re taking the daily pulse of the
campus community. Excellence on your part inspires excellence in others.
We must offer encouragement to other staff members. While everyone's work is flawed –
otherwise you'd all be professionals – you will all make progress through
practice, made a lot easier through encouragement. If you don’t have AP Style
and passive voice down by now, please learn because newer students look to
you to see if you know and if it's important. Every day provides an opportunity to positively
influence someone. When one of us improves, the whole publication improves. If
you really like something, tell them.
Working hard provides the execution, i.e. we work hard to
write succinctly. The publication’s credibility suffers with published errors.
Publishing first should not mean publishing sloppy mistakes. Keep the copy clean
of fatal errors, factual errors, AP style and grammar mistakes. Get a jump on it
by running each piece through Grammarly Handbook
then learning why it made the suggested changes so that you don't make the same
mistake twice. Realize computer programs only highlight general spelling and
grammar errors; you must know the language and AP Style enough to understand
when to apply suggested changes.
Tracking Hours/Getting Paid
The adviser issues your time card each month. Your time
card must match the time sheet at month’s end.
It’s your responsibility to make sure the time clock is correct or have the
adviser correct it. Written accounts will not be approved unless noted by the
While the dean previously signed time sheets at the end of
the month, that’s the adviser’s role except in extreme circumstances, e.g. if
the adviser is sick or out of town. Otherwise, you should bring your time card
and time sheet to the adviser at least two days prior to the end of the month
during regular office hours, i.e. 8-9 a.m. Monday thru Friday.
Realize the people in Financial Aid who deal with
your timecard must also handle the whole campus. They're not being rude by
asking you to submit your timesheet on time. They must do their job, just like
you do yours. When you miss a deadline, it puts them behind. So let's submit
them on time.
Everyone who enters must sign in with a time and then sign out with
the time they leave. Otherwise they cannot be in the lab. If anyone complains,
contact the adviser.
Students working on
The Voice receive top priority for computer use. Communication students
receive the next priority. We do not keep the lab open for people to check their
social media or surf the Web; they can do that at home on their own time.
Students providing content for The Voice may need access to
the lab to write stories, download photographs or do background research for
articles they’re producing. Your lab hours indicate you will be there to help if
necessary, but more to monitor the lab equipment.
The lab currently features a refrigerator for staff to
store soft drinks, food and anything else legally permissible on campus. People are welcome to drink anything with a lid. The drink must be kept
on the floor. If a drink spills on a computer or any equipment, the offending
party will be required to pay for the replacement.
If money is stolen from the can containing replacement funding, the
refrigerator will be removed from the lab.
While we never want The Voice to miss a publication deadline, sometimes life
happens and the journalism practicum provides a “learning environment” where
things that would get you fired in the industry will sometimes only receive a
However, it is not the intention of this program to produce weak leaders.
Therefore except in egregious circumstances, the first missed deadline will
result in a reprimand; the second missed deadline will result in a written
warning. A third missed deadline results in a loss of leadership and/or
Every blue moon or so, things progress beyond missed
deadlines. Therefore it's necessary to list what is considered a "fireable"
Intentional destruction of
The Voice or any Student Publication property
Using drugs/alcohol on job, having them
Dereliction of duties, e.g. multiple missed deadlines, leaving
unfinished work for others
Insubordination, e.g. intentionally destroying staff morale or
undermining the publication
If fired, the student may appeal to the dean, knowing the
evidence will be brought to any said meeting. Egregious incidents will be
referred to Public Safety, the Dean of Students and the Provost. We all hope
things never come to this point as no one enjoys it. Please focus on the job and
these other things will just be something else at the bottom of a Web note.
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