Torch Editor Application

Torch Editor Application - 2018/2019

The Editor of the Torch will be appointed by the Media Commission during spring term and will serve fall, winter, and spring terms of the following academic year. The Editor should have journalistic ability, training, and experience. It is preferred that she/he have previous service on a high school, college, or professional newspaper in such capacities as will give her/him an adequate understanding of the operations of a newspaper. The Editor must be capable of organizing and directing a staff and of relating well to other people. The applicant for Editor must have completed at least six LCC credit hours on the main campus within 12 months prior to his/her application for the Torch Editor.

The deadline for the application is midnight, April 23, 2018.

Torch Editor Qualifications:

  • At the time of application for Editor, 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average is preferred. He/she must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA each term during his/her editorship. The Editor must enroll in and complete a class of at least three credits at LCC each term during which he/she serves as Editor. If his/her cumulative GPA drops below 2.00, her/his standing as Editor will be reviewed by the Media Commission.
  • The Editor is responsible for selecting other staff members and assigning their duties and has the authority for reorganizing the staff and removing members from staff positions if they are not performing their duties.
  • Under the Dean of the Arts, the Torch Editor is responsible for operating within limitations of the newspaper budget. The Editor is responsible for the formation of an Editorial Board. The Editor shall prepare written standards and policies for publishing material readers submit for publication. The Editor will determine if the materials are suitable for inclusion in the Torch.

Application for 2018-2019 Torch Editor:

Address, city, and zip code
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Include high school, college and professional honors, (if any) in the areas of news reporting, photography and/or production.
List people who could objectively comment on your work and experiences and are not members of the Media Commission.
*Suggested topics to be addressed: A. Explain why you are applying for the editorship — include any particular strengths you could bring to this position and what goals you’ve set for yourself. B. Discuss the role of a college newspaper and its relationship to the various facets of the college and community. How do you view the role of the student newspaper as a learning lab for journalists, photojournalists and web designers. C. In regards to editorial and advertising policies, express your views as both editor and as reader. What changes, if any, would you propose for the newspaper?

Samples of Work:

In addition to the information which you furnish in this application form and essay, the Media Commission would like to see samples of any work you feel indicates your writing, design, photographic, or art skills and talent. Therefore, attach representative samples of your work to the application form. The Media Commission members will have time to read and assess these additions to your application well before your scheduled interview. You may also feel free to contact Media Commission members in advance of the interview session.

Please limit yourself to four additional items, not including your essay above.

Files must be less than 5 MB.
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Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png rtf pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png rtf pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png rtf pdf doc docx.

Interview session information:

The interview session is a question and answer period. The Media Commission seeks to acquaint itself with your concepts of a student newspaper, the method you visualize for its operation, and the policies which you expect to establish for matters which would fall under your responsibility. You should expect spontaneous questions, and you should also anticipate some questions from the list below. The Media Commission will attempt to ask the same questions of each applicant.

In your opinion:

A. What is the purpose of the editorial board you are expected to establish?

B. What do student readers look for in a student-run college newspaper? How will you expand the current range of topics and themes?

C. Does The Torch have a role in promoting a favorable image for the college? Please explain what you believe to be the existing assumption about the newspaper’s role in promoting a good image for the college, and your own attitude for future publications.