Eagle View Protocol and Submission FAQs

 

FAQs

What is this crazy budget and how do I read it?
How do I contact the paper with a story suggestion?
How do I get assigned a story or photo?
How do I format a story and how do I turn in the assignment?
How do I format a submitted (non-staff) photo?
How do Eagle View staff members format a photo and turn in the assignment?
How do I edit stories?
How do I know my story will be used in the paper?
Are there jobs with the paper?
Does the paper publish other styles of writing?
What if I can't complete an assignment?

 

What is this crazy budget and how do I read it?

The budget is the key to organizing each issue of the newspaper. Story ideas/suggestions are given the following on the budget:

    • A slug—a one or two word phrase that serves as a working title for a story/photo. For example a story about the increase in enrollment would have the slug ENROLLMENT. This immediately identifies which story is being dealt with and what it is about. A photo to accompany ENROLLMENT would be slugged ENROLLMENTP. The “P” at the end of the slug indicates it is a photo and all photo slugs have this. A graphic would be slugged ENROLLMENTG with “G” indicating it is a graphic.
    • A budget line—a few sentences/questions that direct the story. Helps clarify what the story is about and provides another level of information on the budget. For example, ENROLLMENT would have the following budget line:

ENROLLMENT (Reporter: J. Doe) _ How has NWACC grown in nearly 20 years? Show percent changes in enrollment and tie in the growth of the campus. Can also project benchmarks in enrollment, such as how long it might take to reach 10,000 students if enrollment increases 5 percent every year (just an example) or where enrollment will be in 5 years if it increases 5 percent steadily.

    • A word count—this is suggested so as to give the reporter an idea of how long the story should be. Reporters are encouraged to write within the range that is suggested but should not feel tied to the suggested length. Try not to go under the length, but going over is acceptable.
    • A deadline—deadlines are necessary in order to manage the phases of the news cycle. After all deadlines have passed, stories will go through final editing.

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How do I contact the paper with a story suggestion?

STEPS FOR SUGGESTIONS:

Step One: Contact the paper by e-mail at eagleview@nwacc.edu

Step Two: In the subject line of your e-mail, name your topic and include one of the following designations: student, faculty or staff suggestion.

Step Three: Wait to hear back from the paper.

**If you have a story or other suggestion, please contact the paper as soon as possible so that deadline constraints do not limit its chance to get covered.

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How do I get assigned a story or a photo?

STEPS FOR STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS:

Step One: Contact the paper by e-mail at eagleview@nwacc.edu

Step Two: In the subject line of your e-mail, give the slug on the budget and include the word “assignment.”

Step Three: Wait to hear back from the paper.

**The budget will be sent out at the beginning of each news cycle. Additional e-mails will be sent as other story suggestions get added to the budget. If you have one or two stories in mind that you would like to write, list both of them in the e-mail. This way if another student is already assigned your first choice, there is still another option. Also look at the deadlines, word count, and photo/graphic requirements. Reporters and photographers may have to arrange meeting times if working on the same assignment.

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How do I format a story and how do I turn in the assignment?

Step One: Stories need to be formatted in the following ways:

▪   Your full name at the top of the story

•   Slug from budget

•   List of sources and their contact information

▪   Single-spacing between sentences

▪   Single-spacing between paragraphs

▪   Only one space after periods or questions marks

▪   No tabs/indention

Step Two: In Microsoft Word, click Save, then in the “format” box, select “word 97-2007.” This will save your document with the file extension .doc.

Step Three: Compose an e-mail to the paper with your slug from the budget in the subject line. This will explain exactly what is in the e-mail.

Step Four: Attach the file to the e-mail.

Step Five: Send the story to eagleview@nwacc.edu.

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How do I format a submitted (non-staff) photo?

Step One: Photos need to be formatted in the following way:

▪   Shoot photos on a digital camera that can handle 5 megapixels or higher.

▪   The preferred resolution is NOT BELOW 180 dpi and the preferred size is NOT SMALLER than 8x10.

▪ Transfer images to computer and save a copy of the original picture with a new name – something short that will describe the picture.

▪ Save as a jpeg.

Step Two: Compose an e-mail to the paper with the name of your photo in the subject line. In the e-mail give a photo description and give the names of people from left to right or whatever is appropriate. Basically, write a photo caption that will appear under the photo in the paper. Don’t forget to provide the name of the person who took the photo.

Step Three
: Attach the jpeg file to the e-mail.

Step Four
: Send the photo to eagleview@nwacc.edu

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How do Eagle View Staff members format a photo and turn in the assignment ?

Step One: Contact Mattie Watson, newspaper lab supervisor, for detailed instructions at 479-619-2212 or e-mail at mwatson@nwacc.edu.

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How do I edit stories?

Along with the NWACC Eagle View style sheet that you have been provided, the paper will follow the Associated Press Stylebook. Additional guidance also can be found in any good writer’s reference handbook and on some reputable grammar web sites.

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How do I know my story will be used in the paper?

The paper reserves the right not to publish articles based on quality and/or space constraints. If an article is not used in one issue, there is a possibility that it will be used in the following issue. However, no notification will be sent out regarding the publishing of stories.

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Are there jobs with the paper?

The short answer, yes. As things are getting off of the ground, it is necessary to begin looking for students interested in staffing the paper by way of a Journalism Club. This creates an automatic connection that the college has with the newspaper. A Student newspaper is run by students, for the students and for the community.

Furthermore, a system for becoming a staff writer/photographer and a senior staff writer/photographer has been implemented. Students submitting their first articles/photos are considered contributing writers/photographers.

For reporters: After the third article, byline will include staff writer.

After the 7th article, byline will include senior staff writer.

For photogs: After the fifth photo, byline will include staff photographer.

After the 10th photo, byline will include senior staff photographer.

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Does the paper publish other styles of writing?

Rarely. The Eagle View always gives priority to news. However, short creative works may be published when space is available or under special circumstances, at the discretion of the student editor or faculty advisor/editor. No story over 500 words and no poem over 16 lines will be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Visions, the College’s online literary arts magazine, publishes poetry, fiction, and art. If clicking on the title doesn’t link you to its Web page, try the following URL: http://www.nwacc.edu/academics/english/VISIONS/ archives.htm.

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What if I can't complete an assignment?

Failure to honor commitments creates mistrust. If you experience troubles, contact Eagle View immediately. Do not delay. We may be able to assist you in completing the assignment or, time permitting, assign the work to someone else. If you request an assignment and we give it to you, we have entered into a good-faith contract. We trust you will fulfill your commitment, and you can count on us to assist you within the bounds of reason and with the understanding that you are primarily responsible for your own work.

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