Career Path at StMU History Media

Writer

Products

  • Descriptive articles (50 points) (20 Showcase points) (10 award points)
    • 500-1000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least one image in the article)
  • Long Descriptive article (100 points) (20 Showcase points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least two primary sources, two encyclopedia articles, two journal articles, and two scholarly books
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Skills

  • Research skills – search/find sources in multiple ways (library card catalog, article database, web)
  • Analytical skills – process a large amount of data, separate the essential/important from the unessential/unimportant
  • Writing skills – present information in a meaningful way to an interested audience
  • Citation skills – understand the professional importance and the techniques for citing sources (text & image sources)
  • Media skills – procure, document, and manage images for publication

Promotion to Senior Writer

  • Successful completion of one simple descriptive article achieving publication
  • At least fifteen (15) substantive comments on other authors’ articles
  • Successful application for advancement (submission of application and resume)

Senior Writer

Products

  • Descriptive articles (75 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 500-1000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least one additional image)
  • Long Descriptive articles (150 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)
  • Long Descriptive Micro-documentary (250 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Production of a five-minute video using professional Film Editing Software (OpenShot, Lightworks, Adobe Premiere)
  • Explanatory articles (150 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on primary sources and secondary literature (research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, two journal articles, and two scholarly books), and providing historical context, thesis-driven argument
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)
  • Long Explanatory articles (300 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 3000-4000 words, based on primary sources and secondary literature (research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, two journal articles, and two scholarly books), and providing historical context, thesis-driven argument
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Skills

  • Research skills – search/find sources in multiple ways (library card catalog, article database, web)
  • Analytical skills – process a large amount of data, separate the essential/important from the unessential/unimportant
  • Writing skills – present information in a meaningful way to an interested audience
  • Citation skills – understand the professional importance and the techniques for citing sources
  • Media skills – procure, document, and manage images for publication

Promotion to Editor

  • Successful completion of one of the products of this level
  • At least thirty (30) substantive comments on other authors’ articles
  • Successful application for advancement (submission of letter of application, resume, and creation of LinkedIn webpage)

Editor

Products

  • Descriptive articles (100 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 500-1000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least one additional image)
  • Long Descriptive articles (200 points for each) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)
  • Long Descriptive Micro-documentary (300 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, one journal article, and one scholarly book
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Production of a five-minute video using professional Film Editing Software (OpenShot, Lightworks, Adobe Premiere)
  • Explanatory articles (200 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 1500-2000 words, based on primary sources and secondary literature (research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, two journal articles, and two scholarly books), and providing historical context, thesis-driven argument
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)
  • Long Explanatory articles (400 points) (20 bonus points) (10 award points)
    • 3000-4000 words, based on primary sources and secondary literature (research drawing on at least one primary source, one encyclopedia article, two journal articles, and two scholarly books), and providing historical context, thesis-driven argument
    • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources
    • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)
  • Manages writing projects of Writers and Senior Writers to publication (approve/reject submissions with meaningful feedback; provide editorial comments and text editing)(5 points per publication)

Skills

  • All of the skills of Writers and Senior Writers
  • Editorial skills – edit and proof work of Writers and Senior Writers; oversee legal aspects of publication
  • Managerial skills – work with writers and project teams on moving projects to completion in a professional manner

Committees

Outreach Committee –

The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to extend the products of our organization to interested parties who might benefit from our historical research, writing, and media productions. Committee members would be liaisons to interested parties, such as High School and Middle School teachers of history. Members would collect contact information, maintain a contact database, contact and maintain relationships with our clients.

  • Eligibility for membership in the Outreach Committee
    • Published at least one article and promotion to Senior Writer
    • Awarded at least 30 points for commenting on others’ articles
    • Willingness to meet once per week (in person and/or in virtual real-time meetings)
    • Willingness to contribute time to further the objectives of the committee

Publication Committee –

The purpose of the Publication Committee is to establish the criteria for the selection of articles for the Showcase Edition, conduct the selection of articles for inclusion, contribute to the Showcase Edition design and layout, work on the publication of the Showcase Editions (two per semester), and work on the publication of the Monthly Newsletter (includes the management of text and image assets of all articles under consideration)

  • Eligibility for membership in the Publication Committee
  • Willingness to learn magazine layout using Adobe InDesign and InCopy
  • Willingness to read all articles under consideration for inclusion in the Showcase Editions and Monthly Newsletters
  • Willingness to commit to publication deadlines

Nominating Committee –

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to establish the categories for Awards for StMU History Media contributions this semester, and to nominate authors and articles qualifying for awards for those categories.

  • Eligibility for membership in the Nominating Committee
  • Published at least one article
  • Promoted to Senior Writer
  • Awarded at least 80 points for comments on others’ articles

Award Ceremony Committee –

The purpose of the Award Ceremony Committee is to prepare for the Semi-Annual Awards Ceremony to take place just before Final Exams. This committee is responsible for securing the venue for the Award Ceremony, needed logistics for the venue, ceremony programs, ceremony sequencing, presenters for awards and presenter preparation, and any other aspects of the event that needs to be planned.

  • Eligibility for membership in the Award Ceremony Committee
  • Published at least one article
  • Promoted to Senior Writer
  • Awarded at least 50 points for comments on others’ articles