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Q: Do I need prior experience to help out?
A: No! All you need is the desire to work on the publication. We will hold Training Meetings and Production Week in which you will learn everything that you need to. The editors in each category (Content, Copy, Layout) don’t bite! They’re always there to guide you and assist if you need help.
Q: Are there any criteria for article submissions?
A: Articles must be related to science, and range from 300 to 800 words. If the word count poses a problem, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work it out.
Q: Is there a selection process for which articles are featured in the magazine?
A: The selection process depends primarily on the number of submissions that we receive and the space that there is the in magazine. When we are planning layout, we figure out how many articles can fit in the magazine with sufficient spacing. We also do try to create a diverse set of writers from all classes to make sure the student body is well represented. In addition, we seek to vary the content of each issue so that many different aspects of the sciences are covered. We will always notify writers if their articles are or are not chosen to be published.
Q: What is Production Week?
A: Production Weeks occur 6 weeks in the year, two back-to-back weeks for each of the 3 issues. The first week of a Production Week is devoted to Copy & Content Editing, the second week to Layout Editing.
During these, all editors and associates will work after school in Computer Lab 016 on the magazine. Attendance at Production Weeks will be taken, and credit will only be given to those who have contributed enough to the overall product.
Q: How does being on the board work?
A: Being on the board is a fun and exciting experience! Ask any officer, and they’ll tell you!
It is definitely a role with both responsibility and leadership opportunities. Officers attend monthly board meetings, in which we discuss the logistics of the publication and plan events such as the Annual Pi Day Fundraiser. Officers also are in charge of directing associates during Production Weeks. In addition to the various commitments in school (such as attending meetings and leading production crews) officers also have various duties outside of school (such as creating and updating Publication Guides). Also, while each officer has specific responsibilities, there is a lot of opportunity to take initiative beyond one’s designated duties.
Q: How can I become a member of the board?
A: Applications to be a part of the board are given out at the conclusion of the Spring Issue. Applicants will be given 2 weeks to complete the application. After all applications are received, the Editor(s)-in-Chief will conduct interviews with each candidate. Candidates will be notified of decisions the following week.
Dedication is a major criterion used when we decide the editors. A publication, of course, is a collective effort in which many must work together to complete. We take attendance seriously when considering applicants.