The Hotchkiss Record

Mission Statement

The Hotchkiss Record Mission Statement

Adopted on July 3, 2020 by the CXXII Executive Board 

 

Goals and Principles

The primary mission of The Hotchkiss Record is to record the history of events and people at Hotchkiss and the surrounding community. The Hotchkiss Record aims to provide a platform that allows all community members’ voices to be heard. Furthermore, as an organization comprised of students, The Hotchkiss Record endeavors to educate staff members about the standards and ethics of professional journalism. We strive to provide the most accurate and comprehensive information possible, and aim to make our operating procedures as transparent as possible.

The Hotchkiss Record does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, gender, ability, or age.

 

Content

The Hotchkiss Record covers newsworthy events on campus and in the surrounding community, along with national and international news that impact the school. The Hotchkiss Record will not publish content that breaks the school rules outlined in The Almanac.

Opinions pieces reflect the views of the writer, not the school, Editors-in-Chief, nor The Hotchkiss Record. Editorial pieces are written by the members of the current Executive Board.

 

Corrections

If The Hotchkiss Record makes any errors, community members may submit a report using the Corrections Report form. Errata will be published the following issue below the Editorial box and on the Errata page on our website. The Editors-in-Chief take responsibility for any errors published in The Hotchkiss Record.

 

Staff Responsibilities

Members of The Hotchkiss Record’s Editorial and Executive board are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

 

Editor-in-Chief: 

  • Oversees both digital content and print content 
  • Make executive decisions regarding scheduling meetings, distribution days, the editorial board, and content
  • Must be comfortable with using Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy
  • Holds required meeting every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Must attend considerable layout on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays (bi-weekly)
  • Must be comfortable with working closely alongside the faculty advisors
  • Editorship positions will start in February and run for one year

Section Editors: 

  • Create article ideas by Thursday’s meetings (bi-weekly) 
  • Send out thorough article assignments to writers
  • Provide holistic feedback to writers regularly throughout the school year 
  • Complete article edits by Thursday’s meetings (bi-weekly) 
  • Attend a required meeting every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Considerable layout work every other Sunday
  • Editors must complete corrections every other Monday to prepare the paper for final compilation by the Executive Board on Tuesday
  • Must use Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy to create the newspaper, and we will offer some basic training sessions for that program during the winter term
  • Editorship positions will start in February and run for one year

Photography Editors: 

  • Must go to all events requested by page editors for photos or send a photographer
  • Provide holistic feedback to photographers regularly throughout the school year 
  • Must have edited photos ready to upload by 10:30 a.m. on layout Sundays (bi-weekly)  
  • Attend a required meeting every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Need to be present at layout on Mondays to assist page editors with issues (bi-weekly) 
  • Editorship positions will start in February and run for one year

Design Editors:

  • Must have the layout completed (using InDesign) for each section’s pages by 8:00 a.m on Sundays (bi-weekly) 
  • Must be present on layout Sundays and Mondays in order to assist page editors with issues (bi-weekly) 
  • Attend a required meeting every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Editorship positions will start in February and run for one year

Distribution Managers:

  • Bi-weekly coordination with The Record’s printing press services to place papers around campus on distribution day 
  • Coordination with the deans and admissions offices to get papers to alumni and prospective students
  • Editorship positions will start in February and run for one year

Staff Writers/Cartoonists/Photographers  

  • Contributing writers, photographers, or cartoonists must write for three consecutive issues in order to gain staff status. Staff members must contribute at least three times in the most recent five issues to maintain their staff position

 

Leadership Selection Procedures

The current Record Executive Board and faculty advisors select the members of the next Editorial and Executive Board. We are looking for dedicated and hardworking people with good writing and editing skills, creativity, and a good sense of how a newspaper should look. Prior work on The Hotchkiss Record is a prerequisite. If an applicant has contributed in the past or is on the editorial board currently, we will consider consistent attendance, collaboration with others, and willingness to implement suggestions by editors. Applicants should be willing to make a 10-15 hour weekly commitment to the paper. 

The Executive Board will provide applicants who do not receive a position with detailed feedback specifying the rationale behind our decision.