This position is mostly about quality control. You scrutinize other people’s copy and the site overall to make sure it all reflects our high standards for publishing.
- File Bootcamp/Audio/Video workshop stories
- Check stories on all platforms for rendering errors
- Order stories on the front page
- Write corrections, if necessary
- Manage live events
- Write first copy for breaking news, if required
- Check Parse.ly analytics dashboard
- Track and gather video clips for possible use in video workshop
- Your work week runs Monday through Sunday. Expect to work some evenings and the weekend too. If there are two of you, we will split the work by time of day (morning vs. evening).
- On Monday, check with the instructor for Bootcamp assignments for the week. NOTE: only applies for Workshop 1.
- The desk team — you, instructor, assignment editor and production editor — communicate using Facebook Messenger, which means you should get a heads-up about new stories. But check the blackboard a few times a day for updates and what’s to come.
- Alert the Engagement Editor on FB Messenger about what’s new on the site and needs promoting.
- Your job ends on Sunday. Send a handover note to the next production editor(s) by 5 p.m. AT. You want to ease the next person into the job, so make note of anything you feel they need to know about content, workflow, top performing stories, etc. This may include observations about what worked or didn’t, and ideas for improvement. CC the instructor on the email. There is no specific word count.
This position consists of seven sub-roles:
- Copy editor/rewrite desk
- Fix errors/style mistakes in Bootcamp/Video/Audio drafts and fill in gaps as needed. Look in our Signal email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) for drafts from the other workshops. You need to be signed in to WordPress to access the password.
- Look for these things
- NOTE: You don’t need to send the instructor a draft of the Bootcamp/Video/Audio story like you would if you were doing your own reporting. Instead, file your edited version directly as a WordPress post and let Terra know it’s there. She’ll look at it first before Katie sees it.
- Front page editor
- Choose and select the lead story(ies)
- Sticky stories:
- You make a story the lead story by checking “Stick this post to the front page” under the Visibility option of the Post page (under Published) within WordPress.
- You must always “unstick” stories when you replace them with other “sticky” stories. This puts them back in the normal story order of newest on top.
- You shouldn’t have more than two or three sticky stories at a time (often only one)
- The general criteria for sticky stories:
- “Important” — generally newsy and/or has impact
- Timely (e.g. city council decision)
- An exclusive story that only we have
- A story with a good image. (It will boost traffic)
- Featured stories:
- This section, under the label Spotlight in the second row, is for highlighting older stories
- You can control the placement of Featured stories on the front page by assigning a post the category of “Featured.” (The front page will show a maximum of 3 Featured stories; if no stories are assigned, the row disappears).
- Provide additional context for a post by adding text to the Featured Story Kicker field on the Edit Post screen.
- Featured posts are removed from the main, newest-on-top flow of stories — so no story appears twice on the front page.
- Technical editor
- Check each story on multiple platforms (or resize your browser window to check at tablet and smartphone widths). You can also use this website to check responsiveness of our homepage and story posts.
- Corrections editor
- The instructor will alert you if there’s a complaint about an error in a story.
- If so, does a story actually need a correction? Not all complaints require a change. If it does, work with the reporter and the instructor to draft text that appears in the story. Place it in the Corrections field on the WordPress post page.
- Corrections take this form
- Live event editor
- Write a “story” in WordPress to announce our coverage, then update it later after the event is over.
- Manage reporters and editors on the ground and in the newsroom.
- Manage event itself — on Twitter or within ScribbleLive.
- Story performance reviewer
- Video curator
- Keep track of any video gathered by our reporters. You may need to provide it to our colleagues in the video workshop, should they need it.
- Copy editor/rewrite desk
Last Updated: November 2, 2018, 9:21 am AST