Roles & Responsibilities
My job as adviser of the Meridian Moments Yearbook is to carefully choose the best editor-in-chief then equip them to lead their staff.
- Take you to camp to begin brainstorming the next book.
- Provide materials needed for staff members to do their jobs.
- Be fiscally responsible.
- Be your biggest cheerleader and defender.
- Meet with you on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30, one Saturday each month from 8-12, and additional days as needed if deadlines are not met.
- Take you to workshops and conferences if you’re meeting your deadlines.
- Meet with you often to evaluate your work and allow you to make necessary changes.
- Help guide you in the areas of journalistic law and ethics, fair and responsible reporting, accurate reporting, and editing.
- Communicate with the publisher/yearbook representative in conjunction with the editor-in-chief and/or the marketing manager (depending on the situation).
I will not:
- Make decisions for you.
- Complete spreads because staff didn’t get them done.
- Tolerate negativity towards each other.
- Allow excessive absences or late work.
- Accept applications of those who have multiple discipline reports.
- Accept applications of those who have low grades due to missing work/quality of work.
- Allow students to remain on staff if they have discipline/grade issues.
The student ultimately responsible for overall development and content of the book. Among the duties:
- Recruits staff and assigns jobs with adviser
- Sets and enforces a production schedule
- Trains staff on Online Design
- Decides theme, design and coverage with adviser and other staff members (usually at camp)
- Plans ladder with adviser and staff members
- Creates the style guide for design consistency
- Organizes computer folders for templates
- Delegates staff assignments
- Edits every page and proof
- Leads staff meetings
- Trains and coaches staff
- Reports to adviser
The leader of the book finances and ad sales campaigns.
- Balances the budget
- Provides a monthly report of income and expenses
- Organizes additional fundraising efforts if necessary
- Prepares billing statements
- Writes receipts
- Makes monthly deposits into the yearbook account
- Reports to editor-in-chief and adviser
- Leads efforts to sell more books than the previous year
The proofreader of all copy before pages are due, checking for style and accuracy. Among the duties:
- Provides constructive feedback to improve writers’ work
- Establishes copywriting styles with editor-in-chief
- Compares copy on all pages to prevent repetitiveness
- Suggests coverage ideas to designers and photographers
- Reports to editor-in-chief
Each staff member is master of their own spreads. This means they’re responsible for every aspect from beginning to end.
- Cover assigned event before, during or after school
- Talks to teachers/sponsors about coverage for the year
- Knows when events are taking place and plans for photos, interviews and secondary coverage PRIOR to the event
- Shoot assigned event before, during or after school
- Immediately adds and tags these photos on Walsworth
- Write appropriate captions and body copy
- Reports to editor-in-chief
- Works to sell both yearbook ads and books throughout the year