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Triangle 101

  1. 1. TRIANGLE 101 a crash course
  2. 2. oh hi there. editor @ thetriangle.org JAMIE THOMSON, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
  3. 3. history + some basics A LITTLE BACKGROUND
  4. 4. The Paper • Born in 1926 • Publish every Friday of class weeks – Every other Friday in summer – Special issues: Welcome Back; The Rectangle • Circulation: ~5,000 print each week; average over ~30,000 visits online per month
  5. 5. The Organization • Completely volunteer, all Drexel students • Staff: ~25 to 60 depending on time of year • Financially & editorially independent of Drexel
  6. 6. Content & Submission • Most content comes from staff members – Editors work closely with new recruits until they gain experience and join the staff officially • Anyone in the Drexel community may submit to Op-Ed or recommend a story – But it’s up to editors to decide what’s appropriate
  7. 7. always attribute PLAGIARISM: JUST DON’T DO IT
  8. 8. Becoming Triangular • “Measurable contribution” to 3 consecutive issues. Ex: – Writing an article – Copy editing articles – Shooting photos – Designing layout – Working with advertisers
  9. 9. Why? • Flexible (to a point) – Commit as much time as you want (2-22 hrs / wk) • Develop a wide variety of skills & build your résumé / portfolio • Take a break from your major
  10. 10. …more reasons • Cool opportunities & recognition in the Drexel community • Free food (when you’re working) + 1 swanky staff dinner per term • Make friends & have fun! 
  11. 11. Management Advertising News P h Opinion & Editorial o Arts & Entertainment t o Sports s Comics, Features, etc. Copy Editing & Layout Distribution, Website & Social Media
  12. 12. workflow + deadlines HOW THE PAPER IS MADE
  13. 13. step 1 – 24/7 … generally over the weekend for the following week GET CONTENT
  14. 14. step 2 – by Mon @ 5 / Tues @ 5 GET ADVERTISEMENTS ($)
  15. 15. step 3 – Wed & Thurs MAKE IT SEXY
  16. 16. step 4 – Fri morning GET IT OUT THERE
  17. 17. Lather, rinse, repeat. And learn from your mistakes!
  18. 18. where do you fit in? JOB DESCRIPTIONS
  19. 19. News Writers • What you will do: Cover news events, features, analyze, etc. • Prereqs: Good writing skills, appreciation for grammar/usage, good communication skills, no fear of “getting to the bottom of something” • Time commitment: Staff meeting on Monday, time to contact sources & write
  20. 20. Sports Writers • What you will do: Go to Drexel sports events (possibly Philly) and cover the games. • Prereqs: Appreciation for sports, ability to write well • Time commitment: A few hours for a game and writing the article
  21. 21. Entertainment Writers • What you will do: Preview albums, movies, restaurants, etc. • Prereqs: Appreciation for the arts, good writing skills • Time commitment: Time for event and writing the article
  22. 22. Op-Ed Columnists • What you will do: Write an opinion column for the ed-op section on a regular basis • Prereqs: Good writing skills and the ability to form sound arguments • Time commitment: a few hours for thinking, researching, writing
  23. 23. Comic Artists • What you will do: Draw a comic for each Triangle issue at a predetermined size • Prereqs: Strong artistic skills; ability to be funny and not just offensive • Time commitment: Time required for drawing
  24. 24. Graphic Designers • What you will do: Create graphic elements for the paper – charts, graphs, etc. • Prereqs: Artistic ability; data visualization; Photoshop/Illustrator skills • Time commitment: Few hours, usually Wednesday and Thursday nights
  25. 25. Photographers • What you will do: Take photos of all sorts of things • Prereqs: Some photography knowledge is a plus but not necessary • Time commitment: Few hours a week—you can take on as many assignments as you wish
  26. 26. Layout Staff • What you will do: Get assigned to a section to help with the layout and design of the paper • Prereqs: Creativity; some Adobe experience helps but it’s not required, we’ll train you • Time commitment: Typically 3+ hours per week
  27. 27. Copy Editors • What you will do: Check articles for grammar, usage and style • Prereqs: Excellent grammar and usage skills; reference AP Style book as needed • Time commitment: It’s up to you. We need help on Tues / Wed / Thurs.
  28. 28. Web Staff • What you will do: Transfer stories and pictures from the print edition to the online edition; improve online presence • Prereqs: computer skills; experience with PHP/WordPress would help • Time commitment: A few hours, usually Thursday night/Friday morning
  29. 29. Distribution Staff • What you will do: Distribute papers to bins around main campus; send papers to branch campuses and other universities • Prereqs: Pro-activeness; timeliness; ‘strategery’ • Time commitment: Few hours a week; deliver on Friday morning
  30. 30. Business Staff • What you will do: Answer emails and phone calls, try to sell ads, assist with finances • Prereqs: Organization; professional communication; some business knowledge • Time commitment: 3-10 hours/week in the office
  31. 31. Other Potential Roles • Features • Sci/Tech • Business (Writing) • Datebook • PR & Event Planning • Social Media
  32. 32. editor @ thetriangle.org – Jamie Thomson, EIC staff @ thetriangle.org – Tara Giancaspro, Recruitment Manager Staff Meetings = Mondays @ 6:30 in MacAlister 3010. Free pizza. THANKS!

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