Your job is to help manage our story generation. We need to know when news conferences, public meetings and breaking events are happening so we can assign a reporter. Your job is to keep track of the stories we need to cover, enterprise pitches and the stories we are already working on.
- Keep track of our reporters’ pitches and progress on stories
- Update the editorial calendar (bottom). Focus on your week and following Monday
- Comb for story ideas and make phone calls
- Suggest follows and companion pieces
- Find out what the Audio and Video workshops are working on
- Update the instructor daily on what’s happening
- You need to be ready to go for the 9:15 a.m. story meeting every day. If there are two assignment editors for the week we will have a morning shift (7-2) and an afternoon shift (2-9). Both editors will collaborate and work as a team.
- Meet with the instructor between 10-11 a.m. every day to review story pitches and assignments. The exact time will vary depending on how long the story meeting takes.
- Your job ends on Sunday afternoon. Update the chase/assignment list and calendar and share it with the next assignment editor. Prepare a handover note to ease the next person into the job and send it by 5 p.m. AT Sunday. Make a note of anything you feel they need to know about the chase list, assignments, etc. This may include observations about what worked or didn’t, possible gaps in our coverage or suggestions for future stories. CC the instructor on the email. There is no specific word count.
- Input upcoming meetings, conferences, events, etc. into the Editorial Calendar (get password) so we know what’s happening in the area. As well, report to the story meeting on new events/listings as they come up. NOTE: we don’t necessarily cover everything in the calendar.
- Run the morning story meeting and write down reporters’ pitches. Maintain the shared spreadsheet listing our assigned stories and chases.
- Keep in contact with reporters on the status of their stories throughout the week. Make suggestions as needed.
- Check in daily with a producer or designate in the Video workshop and a couple of times a week with the Audio workshop. Determine what those reporters are doing and bring forward suggestions for collaboration or repurposing.
- Check the email@example.com email account at least twice every day for news releases. Password is in the passwords page (log in to view)
- Check the news releases for Halifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia government
- Check the Nova Scotia Tenders website daily. Click “Open Tenders”
- Check Statistics Canada’s upcoming releases
- Check Canada Newswire for news releases. Search for “halifax“ & “nova scotia“
- Check Nova Scotia Courts website for docket and recent decisions
- Check Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for upcoming hearings and recent decisions
- Check Halifax Regional Centre for Education news releases
- Check event listings on The Coast, Halifax Noise and other sites
- Check for agendas of scheduled meetings and events (students’ union, board of governors, etc.). Make phone calls to get background on issues of interest.
- Halifax regional council and committees (council agendas available Fridays before Tuesday weekly meetings)
- Nova Scotia legislature committee meetings
- DSU agenda
- Dalhousie senate meeting packages
- SMU Students’ Association
- SMU senate meeting schedule
- SUNSCAD (email firstname.lastname@example.org )
- MSVU Students’ Union
- NSCC events (email email@example.com; Akerley Campus (email firstname.lastname@example.org; Waterfront Campus (email email@example.com)
- Check the social media sites of Halifax police, Nova Scotia Power, etc.
- Find out what people are tweeting about by doing an advanced Twitter search (particularly by location), plus Trendsmap for what’s big on Twitter.
- Check Google Trends to see what people are searching on Google.
- Look at trends on Facebook for international stories we could localize.
- Check the “Halifax” subreddit on Reddit to see what users are talking about.
- Read local media for items of interest
- Scan campus PR/events listings daily for story ideas
- Review the most recent Signal stories and see if there are any followups needed. Also, look for ideas for series/deep dives.
- Assess the Signal stories posted so far and look for gaps in our coverage. Are we too focused on campus? Are we neglecting a particular audience or beat?
Last Updated: November 1, 2018, 4:23 pm AST