About

The Beckman Chronicle, www.beckmanchronicle.com, is a student-driven publication highlighting news, features, sports, editorials, and entertainment pertaining to Beckman students. A staff of over forty student journalists publishes an online edition under the guidance of adviser Mr. Tanara. The Beckman Chronicle is proud to present three magazines each school year in addition to the online postings. Ultimately, the Chronicle serves as a representation of the diversity on campus and seeks to celebrate accomplishments of students and faculty. Students’ work has been featured in major publications such as the Orange County Register. The Chronicle and its writers continue to experience growth as a result of an enriching real-world style journalism program.

 

 

 

Are you interested in joining the Beckman Chronicle? Below is our list of staff descriptions; please keep in mind that Editorial Staff positions are only offered to students who have had at least a year of journalism experience.

 

Staff Writer – Year 1 and up

The staff writer reports and write stories for the section that he or she has been assigned. The staff writer works with his or her editor to finalize and polish his or her article for the week.

Select staff writers may also work as staff photographers, capturing moments at Beckman and school-related events to complement the writing portion of the article. However, these staff photographers must first demonstrate their capability in handling both writing and photography assignments every week.

 

Editorial/Opinions Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The editorial/opinions editor is the head of the editorial and opinion section of the paper. They maintain the same responsibilities that the editor-in-chief is responsible for, except their oversight is designated for these two sections of the paper. They must demonstrate a keen sense of relevant topics that can be discussed in the Beckman Chronicle and work with the rest of the editors to assess viewpoints and opinions on these topics.

  • Editing any content in question;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty;
  • Remaining up-to-date on newsworthy events surrounding the community.

 

Arts and Entertainment Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The A&E editor is the head of the arts and entertainment section of the paper. They maintain the same responsibilities that the editor-in-chief is responsible for, except their oversight is designated for the arts and entertainment section of the paper. They must approach news creatively. An interest in high school/community culture and trends is key to ensuring that the stories published are relevant to the audience in which we are serving.

  • Cross-checking facts, spelling, grammar, writing style in the arts and entertainment sections;
  • Editing any content in question;
  • Motivating and developing arts and entertainment staff;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty.

 

Sports Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The sports editor is the head of the sports section of the paper. They maintain the same responsibilities that the editor-in-chief is responsible for, except their oversight is designated for the sports section of the paper. They must be aware of the various sports stories that surround the campus and the community.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Cross-checking facts, spelling, grammar, writing style in the news section;
  • Editing any content in question;
  • Motivating and developing sports staff;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty;
  • Remaining up-to-date on newsworthy events surrounding the community.

 

Features Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The features editor is the head of the features section of the paper. They maintain the same responsibilities that the editor-in-chief is responsible for, except their oversight is designated for features section of the paper. They must approach news creatively and develop a keen sense of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Cross-checking facts, spelling, grammar, writing style in the section;

  • Editing any content in question;
  • Motivating and developing features;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty.

 

News Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The news editor is the head of the news section of the paper. They maintain the same responsibilities that the editor-in-chief is responsible for, except their oversight is designated for the news section of the paper. They must be aware of the various news stories that surround the campus and the community and develop a key understanding of what is newsworthy and what is not.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Cross-checking facts, spelling, grammar, writing style in the news section;
  • Editing any content in question;
  • Motivating and developing news staff;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty;
  • Remaining up-to-date on newsworthy events surrounding the community.

 

Photography Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The photo editor is typically responsible for selecting, editing, positioning and publishing the photos to accompany the text of the publication. Photo editors may also supervise staff photographers, give photo assignments and make sure that others complete their work on time. Photo editors may meet with editors to discuss what types of pictures are needed for a certain project and then give out photo assignments to their staff. After the pictures are taken, the photo editor typically looks the pictures over and if changes are needed, alters the photos accordingly. This individual should have some knowledge of photography and editing utilizing programs like Photoshop.

 

Marketing/Social Media Editor – Year 2 and up only*

The marketing/social media director should be interested in the business side of news production. They will be responsible for community outreach and the promotion of the online paper/magazine. They will also have the responsibility of managing the ads and social media outlets of the paper. Fundraisers will fall under their responsibility. They will need to strategize with the advisor to create an online paper that will draw in advertisers and fund the paper.

 

Director-of-Innovations – Year 2 and up only*

The director of innovations, one of the editors-in-chief, is the head of the magazine production, making sure that all design content is up to the same standard as the quality of the articles. He or she takes the brunt of layout production and ensures that all layouts created by editors flow cohesively and complement the writing portions of the Beckman publication. The director of innovations also edits content during the final stages of production with the other editors-in-chief. This individual should have some knowledge of graphic design and editing utilizing programs like InDesign.

 

Editor-in-Chief – Year 2 and up only*

An editor-in-chief (editorial head) is a publication’s primary head, having final responsibility for all the operations and policies. He or she heads all the departments of the organization. Additionally, the editor-in-chief is held accountable for delegating tasks to staff members as well as keeping up with the time it takes them to complete their task. The term is generally applied to newspapersmagazinesyearbooks, and television news programs. The term is also applied to academic journals, where the editor-in-chief ultimately decides whether a submitted manuscript will be published in the journal. This decision is made by the editor-in-chief after seeking input from reviewers selected on a basis of relevant expertise.

Typical responsibilities of editors-in-chief include:

  • Cross-checking facts, spelling, grammar, writing style, design pages and photos;
  • Rejecting writing that appears to be plagiarized, ghost-written by another sub-editor, previously published elsewhere, or simply of insufficient interest to the readers of the publication;
  • Editing any content in question;
  • Contributing editorial pieces;
  • Motivating and developing editorial staff;
  • Ensuring final draft is complete and no area is left empty;
  • Handling reader complaints and taking responsibility for resulting issues; and
  • For books or journals, cross-checking citations and examining references (“fact checking“).

 

* Journalism students may participate in magazine content other than article work once they have finished their first year of proficiency in article writing.

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