News, Features and Sports Reporters:
Official Reporter Job Description
Reporting involves a slew of intangible elements that would take pages to describe. The basic job is fairly simple � report accurate accounts of campus activities before deadline. The nuances take years to learn, but following are the standards of reporting at the Vidette used to evaluate reporters and their performance. The sub-editors will conduct evaluations with each reporter individually.
Turn in three news stories every week.
Each section, and the Vidette as a whole, thrives on stories generated by the staff about the community it serves. Without these stories, the Vidette cannot live up to its goals to be a comprehensive campus newspaper.
Turn in five relevant story ideas a week.
Good stories start with good story ideas. Without them, getting those important stories is impossible.
Cover the beat
Nothing bothers a sub-editor more than hearing from the President of SGA because they are not sure who is covering them, and it is November. Not only do you have to constantly know what is going on in your beat and produce stories, you need to build a relationship with the contact for that beat. You should become the first person they call when something develops. Whether it is through email, phone or in person, weekly check-ups with your beat are needed to effectively cover them.
Put in effort
Not everyone will be at the same skill level, but everyone should be putting forth effort in their work at the Vidette. Effort goes a long way and in this job, just getting by will not cut it. Your editors need to see you putting forth effort in your work.
Besides the requirements above, the main thing asked is an attempt to keep getting better. Editors will monitor this, along with everything else.
The reporter must try to learn as much as he or she can about the university. This will make reporting easier. Good reporting on every level is a direct result of community understanding. For Vidette reporting, the community is ISU.
Official Photographer Job Description
To become a Daily Vidette photograper, one needs little experience. If you have taken a photo, we can teach you the rest. Our photographers need to be creative, outgoing and have a general knowledge of ISU and its community. There are skills to learn, but the following standards will be used to evaluate the photographer and their performance.
Set certain hours each week in which they will work in the office or use the time to complete assignments. Some assignments will require the photographer to have knowledge of the event or persons beforehand, while others will require the photographer to work with the reporter to gather the best angle.
Not only shoot, but get information while on assignment. Taking the photo is only part of the job. Photographers need to get the names and information of the people within the photos as well as have some knowledge on the story in general.
Use our cameras. The Daily Vidette has its own supply of Nikon D1H digital cameras and various lenses the photographers will use for their assignments. No knowledge of film development is necessary. The Daily Vidette is entirely digital in its photo production.
Keep their eyes open. Not everything �newsy� can be covered with a story. Sometimes photos tell the story alone. Photographers need to be able to catch events as they happen on and off campus when Spot News is needed.
Put in effort. Not everyone will be at the same skill level, but everyone should be putting forth effort in their work at the Vidette. Effort goes a long way and in this job, just getting by will not cut it. Your editors need to see you putting forth effort in your work.
Improve. Besides the requirements above, the main thing asked is an attempt to keep getting better. Editors will monitor this, along with everything else.
Understand ISU. The reporter must try to learn as much as he or she can about the university. This will make reporting easier. Good reporting on every level is a direct result of community understanding. For Vidette reporting, the community is ISU.
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Editor in Chief - Kari Lee
News Editor - Ben Eveloff
Features Editor - Sandi Nowakowski
Sports Editor - R. Jake Flannigan
Photo Editor - Christine Wolniak
Night Editor - Amy Vander Meer
Online Editor - Allison Barrett
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Ad Sales Manager - George Kolar
Business Manager - Jayme Everett
Classifieds Manager - Lindsey Rademacher
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