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Newspaper roles


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A presentation which vaguely outlines the roles that are done in the newspaper industry.

A presentation which vaguely outlines the roles that are done in the newspaper industry.

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  • 1. The Roles in Making a Newspaper
  • 2. Production Roles:
    • Editor
    • Reporter
    • Photographer
    • Designer
    • Graphic Artist
    • Advertising Manager
    • Marketing Manager
    • Print manager
  • 3. Editor
    • They oversee the whole news paper, making sure that everything is running smoothly. They have the final say into what articles appear in the newspaper.
    • In larger papers there are often separate editors for each section of the newspaper, such as news, sports, political etc.
    • There may also be ‘Executive Editor’ or ‘Editor-in-Chief’.
    • They have a right to correct grammar and spelling of the journalist.
  • 4. Reporter
    • Also known as a type of journalist, they obtain information and write the stories to be put into the newspapers.
    • Some reporters may cover all subjects, but some may be for specific features in the newspaper, such as, sports, news, crime etc.
    • There are frequent graduates and people who want the jobs for poor pay, which is convenient for the newspaper.
  • 5. Photographer
    • This role is to basically take the photos for the newspaper issue.
    • It is usually managed by a Chief Photographer who oversees the photos.
    • The Chief Photographer then reports the photos to the Photography Editor who then chooses what photos go in the newspaper.
  • 6. Designer
    • They design the layouts on the newspapers, making sure that it is aesthetically pleasing, is accessible and attracts the audience.
    • The layout needs to reflect the newspapers overall image and identity.
  • 7. Graphic Artist
    • These people produce informative graphics, charts, maps and diagrams to help explain a story visually.
    • These create more interest for the reader and support the story, making it easier to understand.
    • Here are some graphics that have been done for the national tabloid ‘The Sun’:
  • 8. Advertising Manager
    • This is mainly a role for one person who has overall responsibility for all of the advertising and its department in the newspaper.
    • There are two main types of adverts:
    • Display Adverts – for products with photographs and products, placed by the business
    • Classified Adverts – Smaller adverts in columns, covering jobs, courses, holidays and announcements.
  • 9. Marketing Manager
    • They are responsible for the marketing and advertising of the paper to the general audience in order to raise sales.
    • They must get it right as it could damage the newspapers reputation and affect sales.
    • If a newspaper isn't marketed correctly, it may not be well known.
  • 10. Print Manager
    • They control the production of every issue of the paper in the printing process.
  • 11. Distribution Roles:
    • They make sure that the newspapers are distributed out to vendors and customers correctly.
    • This is likely to be done daily.