Final Project Job Descriptions

Below are the job descriptions for the final project. Please read them all before submitting your ballot. You may discover an interest in a position you hadn't been considering.

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1) Executive Editor (1): The executive editor will oversee the entire staff and be the final decision-maker on all matters. This person will set all deadlines and ensure they are met. The executive editor will be responsible for coordinating and planning all aspects of the site, including its vision, scope and editorial voice. This 800-pound gorilla reports to the instructors (publishers). Availability: Must be able to meet frequently with the other editors. Be prepared to spend the last four weeks of school in 511C.

2) Managing Editor (1): This person will manage the content of the entire site and serve as assignment editor. This editor will ensure that all pitches have been vetted and that reporters stay on theme and on deadline. The managing editor will edit all copy, with help from the Q/A editors and others, if necessary. Reports to the executive editor. Availability: Must be able to meet frequently with the other editors and invidually with reporters. Be prepared to spend the last four weeks of school in 511C.

3) Production Editor (1): The production editor will oversee the designers and Q/A editors as they assemble the site. They will also be responsible for managing the site's file structure and ensuring that the site works properly -- from broken images and broken links to pop-ups and interactive elements. This person should understand how the basic file structure of a Web site works and be very comfortable using Dreamweaver. Problem-solving skills are a major plus. Reports to the executive editor. Availability: This person should be available to meet frequently with the main editors, as well as the designers and Q/A editors. Be prepared to spend the last four weeks of school in 511C.

4) Multimedia Editor (1): This editor will work with the designers and reporters to create a multimedia-rich final project. The editor will work closely with each reporters to execute any multimedia elements -- from audio to flash to interactive graphics. This editor should ensure that multimedia elements fit within the theme of the final project and that the appearance of these elements are consistent with the rest of the site. Reports to the executive editor. Availability: This person should be available to meet frequently with the main editors, as well as the designers and Q/A editors. Be prepared to spend the last four weeks of school in 511C.


1) Reporters (16): Reporters play a vital role in the final project, generating all of the content for the site. Reporters will write all copy, record all audio and video and develop any interactive elements related to their stories. In doing so, they will work closely with the appropriate editors to deliver content on deadline. Reports to the managing editor. Availability: While you must make yourself available to various editors and your sources, this position does offer some flexibility since much of the work is done on your own or in small groups. You are required to meet all deadlines set by the executive editor.

2) Designers (3): Designers will work within their given deadlines to develop the look-and-feel of the site, with guidance from the four main editors. They will also be responsible for assembling each page of the site with help from reporters, the photo editor, etc. Reports to the production editor. Availability: This job requires a lot of front-end work during the development of the site's appearance and structure. Obviously, there will be many meetings at the beginning to hammer out the design. This designers will work steadily throughout the month, with a big push at the end to assemble all pages.

3) Q/A Editors (copy editors) (3): The Q/A editors will make sure the copy is clean and adheres to AP and "final project" style guidelines. They will also make sure every link, pop-up, interactive graphic, etc. is working properly. If something on the site is broken, they must work with the appropriate people to fix it. These three individuals will also be charged with creating a style guide (to address situations outside the realm of the AP stylebook) and making that guide available to the class. The managing editor may call on the Q/A editors to help edit the large amount of raw copy. Reports to the managing editor and production editor. Availability: These editors will need to quickly develop style guidelines, including font type and size, caption and headline style, as well as any style points that aren't covered in the AP stylebook. There will be a slight lull before copy comes in (staggered deadlines will help here). You must be available in the final stages to look over copy with a fine-tooth comb.

4) Photo Editor (1): The photo editor will work with reporters to select the best photos for stories and multimedia elements. They will also make sure that every photo and its caption (whether stand-alone or part of a larger multimedia project) adheres to the style guidelines set by the Q/A editors. This person will also help organize photo and video shoots, ensuring that every event is covered and that cameras or other equipment are available for use. May require close contact with the school's equipment-room staff. Reports to the multimedia editor.
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Re: Final Project Ideas

Erin/Class -

I was similarly trying to think of ideas around people in New York, so was happy to see that Erin agrees the "place" themes seem a bit tired. Check out this v. cool presentation on MediaStorm, called CloseUp. It's just a flash presentation of human faces, but got me thinking how interesting NYers really are - and how amazing it would be to do a people-based theme. (http://mediastorm.org/0002.htm) Actually, the work on MediaStorm is generally really interesting and worth a good look moving into the final project (http://mediastorm.org)

Personally, I love stories on old people. It's relatively easy getting access, esp. when someone is retired, older people have rich histories and great stories to tell! And, as Duy mentioned before, this would allow all of us reporting to go back to those RW1 (or other) stories we've been wanting to tell and see them through now. And, as Erin said, there's a built in news peg. I also love the idea of "The New New Yorkers." I think it'd be more difficult to focus on one specific group...but the idea of telling stories of new arrivals is a really interesting concept.

Ok, that's my $.02. I agree, let's start having a discussion now so we can all find something we feel passionately about and agree on.




A few ideas popped into my head regarding the final project in the last week or so, and I thought I'd throw them out there to you guys. For one, I think that "place" themes have been done to death. The 7 train, Central Park, New York's Other Islands--even the Emprie State Building, which I would describe as an iconic theme rather than strictly a place, still revolves around an actual place. So I was thinking that we might want to pick a thematic structure that wasn't geographic.

One thing I thought of was that we could do a population-based issue. "Growing Older in New York", for instance, and covering the population of people over 60 living in the city. There are a number of story tie-ins, in health care, education, lifestyle, finance, legal rights, etc. And as a news peg, the first of the baby-boomers began turning 60 this year--so stories about older adults are timely.

Of course, if old people aren't your thing, we could always switch to the other end of the lifespan--"Growing Up in New York". The tie-ins are obvious, and we have a built in nut--for the first time in several years, the population of children under the age of 5 is growing. This growth has already had an effect on school enrollments, and is undoubtedly affecting other areas of city life.

Aside from age, we could also focus on one ethnic group or region of immigration--"Africans in New York", "Chinese New Yorkers", Mexican New Yorkers. Or we could play off the NYC Department of Population's report "The New New Yorkers", and focus the theme around new arrivals--from immigrants, to college students, to recent graduates, to foreign diplomats, to new businesses.

So, those are all the ideas I have right now. I'd love to hear thoughts, or get some more discussion going on the final theme topics. Our final issue should be awesome, so we can all get cool jobs, and more importantly, trash talk the Jens about why our project is better than either of theirs.



Hey guys-

Cara, AIli and I are working on a story about sound archiving, and an exciting project at Columbia University. What is a sound archivist? Why is sound archiving becoming a popular career choice?

Find out Thursday during pitch night...

Erin, Cara, and Aili


Privacy Issue | Sunday Times Story

Group 2, writing on the Orthodox man who had his photo taken in Times Square - article in the NYT Arts&Leisure section today about the photographer, etc. Some of it is v. similar to where you were going w/ your version...BUT, will be much better told online!

Read the Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/arts/design/19phot.html?_r=1&oref=slogin.

Car Alarms

For the sound issue, Anne and Matt will pitch a story on the campaign to ban car alarms in New York.