Reminder: Thursday Nov 1 meeting to be held in Mr. Iblings Room 22 3:00-3:30pm. Bring your Reporters Notebooks - see you then!
The positions for our 2012-13 Editorial Staff have been decided and are as follows:
Editor-in-Chief: Emma Beam
Business Manager: Joshua Suh
Photo Editor: Jane Yu
Copy Editor: Joshua Kwock
Circulation Managers: Braden Oliphant and Mia Preece
Congratulations to those chosen for the positions and thanks to those that interviewed - the teacher advisors said that everyone did a good job interviewing.
We will be moving our normal meetings to Mr. Iblings Room 22 starting with Thursday - and remember to bring your camera for the Halloween Parade if you want to take pictures!
Thursday's meeting: we will go over who has taken pictures for what, Luke will take any remaining Press Pass pictures, and we will discuss and assign stories for the first issue. Please bring your Reporter's Notebooks (Steno pads)
Luke did a great job photographing on Thursday and I hope to have press passes available tomorrow after school for Luke, Mia, Braden, Alex, Emma, Joshua S., Sean and Alex - if you see me after school (by the tree) I'll probably have them with me - or I'll give them to Braden for Tuesday (try to find him before school - Room 34 line) and he'll have them. This is Red Ribbon Week so there will be lots of picture taking opportunities in your classes and neighboring classes - bring your cameras and and make sure to ask permission to take pictures (both of your teacher for yourself and of the people you wish to take). I'll coordinate with Luke to get more pics taken. Hopefully by the end of the week our editorial staff will be decided and we can have those selected jump into action!
Here is a meeting recap for those students who missed the meeting - (PARENTS PLEASE PRINT FOR YOUR CHILD AND/OR HAVE THEM READ THIS INFO - if you click on the blog title you can print just this post from the site):
Personalized steno pads ("Reporter's Notebooks") were handed out to new staffers (and old ones who "misplaced" theirs from last year...) as well as North Park News green folders so everyone can keep their newspaper-related materials organized. (if you need one or both, please leave a comment below this blog on the website and I will get one/them for you).
We did not have enough time to visit Mrs. Wiseman's room to get oriented with the new iMac computer that we will have access to for photos and possibly layout/newspaper design - so that will wait until perhaps next meeting.
We have decided to accept a few 4th grade interns to our staff and they will be doing light writing, picture-taking and perhaps poll-compiling, to get an introduction to newspaper production. they will be added to the roster as soon as I receive everyone's parent signature forms.
The staff roster (still a work in progress until our editors have been chosen) is located on the website sidebar - the roster is password-protected since it contains phone numbers and email addresses and such - email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have or know the password.
Editorial staff position interviews have been ongoing and will continue next week - we hope to announce those positions in a week or so.
We will also have a field trip to The Signal newspaper this year (again) - date to be announced; and will try (again) to have a field trip/lesson session at the Apple Store for our photographers (although all are welcome to come) - date to be announced later also.
Luke D. took Press Pass photos of staffers and I will try to get those out in a week or so (if you need your picture taken please leave a comment below this blog on the website and I'll coordinate with Luke for a make-up session).
We talked about story ideas and where to find them: the North Park school site (www.npelementary.weebly.com) has a Twitter feed that lists all of the Tuesday Knight News newsletter links that has upcoming events listed; the PTA website is also a good resource (linked on the website page above), and Mrs. McCarty (front office manager) has lots of info as to what is upcoming (plays, assemblies, etc.).
Story ideas for the first issue were discussed and there is a link on the website that you can add to (we can also use this as an assignment organizer) and it has info as to whether or not a photo will need to be taken (and buy whom), so please check that.
Possible story ideas: new student body officers/elections; Red Ribbon week (Mia P.); Changes in our school since last year - bigger 5th classrooms, missing map in front, etc (Braden O.); 6th grade fundrasier info; Teacher Spotlight; Reflections.
Many of these will need pictures taken, and also the biggest "Photo Op" of the year is next week: the Halloween parade! Also, Red Ribbon week activities, Reflections (Oct 22). if you plan to take pictures, please make sure you ask your teacher first and have your press pass on when out of class, so adults/school staff can identify you as a newspaper person "on assignment."
Reminder: Staff meeting on Thursday October 18th in Mrs. McElroy's room #34. I know there are a few students who cannot make tomorrow's meeting - I will recap the meeting in a later post (parents please print for your child and/or have them read the post). We will be going to see the new computer (iMac!) we can use for photos and perhaps newspaper design, talk about the status of editorial positions, and assign some stores/photos to take for the upcoming 2 weeks. If we have time we will also shoot Press Pass pics and get those ready. Please bring your NP News Steno Pad/Reporter's Notebook if you have one from last year.
Regular Meeting Schedule:
Mondays 3-3:30pm in Mrs. McElroy's Room 34