Career Path at StMU History Media

Writer

Products

  • Descriptive articles (50 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Descriptive article (100 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)

Promotion to Senior Writer

  • Successful completion of one Descriptive or Long Descriptive article achieving publication
  • At least twenty-one (21) substantive comments on other authors’ articles
  • Completion of one 30-minute session with the Career Services advisor
  • Successful application for advancement (submission of a professional-level letter of application and resume)

Senior Writer

Products

  • Descriptive articles (75 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Descriptive articles (150 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Descriptive Micro-documentary (250 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Academic Explanatory articles (175 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Journalistic Explanatory articles (175 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Academic Explanatory articles (350 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Journalistic Explanatory articles (350 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)

Promotion to Editor

  • Successful completion of two products achieving publication
  • At least forty-two (42) substantive comments on other authors’ articles
  • Completion of one 30-minute session with the Career Service advisor
  • Successful application for advancement (submission of a professional-level letter of application, resume, and creation of LinkedIn webpage)

Editor

Products

  • Descriptive articles (100 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Descriptive articles (200 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Descriptive Micro-documentary (300 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Academic Explanatory articles (250 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Journalistic Explanatory articles (250 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Academic Explanatory articles (500 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Long Journalistic Explanatory articles (500 points) (20 Showcase points) (20 award points)
  • Manage writing projects of Writers and Senior Writers to publication (approve/reject submissions with meaningful feedback; provide editorial comments and text editing) (25 points per publication) 

Product Descriptions

Descriptive articles 

  • 500-1000 words, based on research drawing on at least three encyclopedia articles and at least one scholarly book
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least one additional image)

Long Descriptive articles 

  • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least four encyclopedia articles and at least two scholarly books
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Long Descriptive Micro-documentary

  • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least four encyclopedia articles and two scholarly books
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Production of a five-minute video using professional-grade Film Editing Software (OpenShot, Lightworks, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro)

Academic Explanatory articles 

  • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least two encyclopedia articles, two journal articles, and two scholarly books. The article must clearly state a disciplinary question or problem to be solved, survey the scholarly literature on that question or problem, state the author’s thesis, and develop an argument to persuade readers of the validity of the thesis
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Journalistic Explanatory articles

  • 1500-2000 words, based on research drawing on at least two encyclopedia articles, two journal articles, and two scholarly books. The article must focus on some kind of micro-level process going from some point A to some point B, and include two substantial explanatory digressions to macro-level contexts
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Long Academic Explanatory articles

  • 3000-4000 words, based on research drawing on at least three encyclopedia articles, three journal articles, and three scholarly books. The article must clearly state a disciplinary question or problem to be solved, survey the scholarly literature on that question or problem, state the author’s thesis, and develop an argument to persuade readers of the validity of the thesis
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least five additional images)

Long Journalistic Explanatory articles 

  • 3000-4000 words, based on research drawing on at least three encyclopedia articles, three journal articles, and three scholarly books. The article must focus on some kind of micro-level process going from some point A to some point B, and include three to four substantial explanatory digressions to macro-level contexts
  • Documentation using Chicago-style citations of sources for footnotes
  • Documentation and use of media (one featured image and at least three additional images)

Skillsets

  • Research skills – search/find sources in multiple ways (Discover search, library card catalog, library databases)
  • Analytical skills – process a large amount of data, separate the essential/important from the unessential/unimportant/irrelevant
  • Writing skills
    • using narrative non-fiction as the genre for descriptive articles, develop a story using a narrative arc structure (Exposition, Rising Action, Crisis, Climax, Falling Action) –
    • using academic thesis-driven argument as the genre for academic explanatory articles, develop an argument using an argument structure (question/problem, literature survey, thesis, argument) –
    • using journalistic explanatory narrative structure as the genre for journalistic explanatory articles, examine a micro-level process that requires a number of macro-level digressions
  • Citation skills – understand the professional importance and the techniques for citing sources
  • Media skills – procure, document, and manage images for publication
  • Editorial skills – Editors: edit and proof work of colleagues; oversee legal aspects of publication (plagiarism, copyright)
  • Managerial skills – Editors: work with writers and project teams on moving projects to completion in a professional manner

Committees

 

Individuals may join any committee without prerequisites, but continued membership in any committee is dependent on active contribution to the projects of the committee as evidenced in the submission of weekly committee reports. Members are also expected to be consistent in their weekly quota of article comment posts (an average of 5 comments per week). And members must have their first Article Project Proposal approved by the end of the sixth week of the semester, and they must have their first article published by the end of the eighth week of the semester. Failure to maintain these requirements will result in a member’s removal from membership in that committee. Readmittance to any committee is contingent on regaining the status for ongoing membership.

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. Committee members would take control of our Twitter and Facebook pages. This is our organization’s social media committee.

Publication Committee –

The purpose of the Publication Committee is to design 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) This is our organization’s magazine layout committee.

Nominating Committee –

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is two-fold: nominate articles for inclusion into the Monthly Newsletter and the Showcase Editions; and 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. This is our organization’s quality control committee.

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 Exam week. 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. This is our organization’s event-planning committee.

Production Company –

The purpose of the Production Company is to make documentary films. The committee will propose a topic, research the topic, design the storyboard, write the script, acquire the media resources, shoot the footage, and edit the film to professional standards.