Job Descriptions

All Staff

  • Staff members of The Roddey McMillan Record must have a basic understanding of journalistic storytelling.
  • Staff members must have a passion for writing and reporting truthful stories.
  • Staff members must follow a code of ethics when reporting.
  • Staff members must understand how to write a news story and how to use AP style.
  • Staff members must be able to conduct professional interviews for stories.
  • Staff members must be able to collaborate and work well with other members of The RMR team.
  • Staff members must be able to follow the expectations that have been explained to them.

Editor-in-Chief

  • The EIC is the head of the paper. It is their job to approve all content that goes into The RMR and online. This is the person that people think of when they think of The RMR; they are the face of the paper. They set the tone for the success of the paper each year.
  • The EIC is in charge of sending the final pages to press on deadline night and checking each page individually to ensure that it is done right before it is printed.
  • The EIC will conduct weekly meetings with the section editors and staff to discuss events, upcoming issues, story ideas, budgets, etc.
  • The EIC will meet with the graduate assistant once a week to go over any changes or issues that the staff is having.
  • The EIC will manage the staff and section editors to ensure that the paper is created truthfully and ethically with all of the correct information.
  • The EIC will work closely with the managing editor, keeping in constant contact and making the managing editor aware of anything that needs to be made known between the two.
  • The EIC will manage The RMR website, uploading stories from the print issue and uploading weekly stories written by the staff writers.
  • The EIC will respond quickly to any emails sent to roddeymac@winthrop.edu regarding Ask Mac questions, questions about the next issue, questions from potential staff members or current staff members, interviews, problems with the current issue, etc.

Managing Editor

  • The managing editor is responsible for maintaining the work flow of the staff in the newsroom.
  • The managing editor will meet with the EIC on a regular basis to discuss the content for the upcoming issue and the content for the website.
  • The managing editor is responsible for helping the EIC maintain the website.
  • The managing editor will serve as a middle man between the EIC and the staff writers.
  • The managing editor will evaluate the staff members to make sure that they are meeting the expectations set by the EIC in the beginning of the year.
  • The managing editor will help the EIC on deadline night; making sure the final pages are laid out properly, making sure all of the final edits are in, and making sure the final pages are turned into PDFs to be sent to press.
  • The managing editor will also write last minute stories that are needed to fill the final pages if need be.

News Editor

  • The news editor is responsible for coming up with story ideas for the news section.
  • The news editor is responsible for writing unclaimed stories in their section.
  • The news editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff.
  • The news editor is responsible for editing the stories that staff writers send in to them. They will make sure that proper AP style is used.
  • The news editor will layout the pages on layout night for their section; make sure that the pages are aesthetically pleasing and look professional before the EIC sends the final pages to press.

Culture Editor

  • The culture editor is responsible for coming up with the story ideas for the culture section.
  • The culture editor is responsible for writing unclaimed stories in their section.
  • The culture editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff.
  • The culture editor is responsible for editing the stories that staff writers send in to them. They will make sure that proper AP style is used.
  • The culture editor will layout the pages on layout night for their section, make sure that the pages are aesthetically pleasing and look professional before the EIC sends the final pages to press.

Lifestyle Editor

  • The lifestyle editor is responsible for coming up with the story ideas for the lifestyle section.
  • The lifestyle editor is responsible for writing any unclaimed stories in their section.
  • The lifestyle editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff.
  • The culture editor is responsible for editing the stories that staff writers send in to them. They will make sure that proper AP style is used.
  • The lifestyle editor will layout the pages on layout night for their section, make sure that the pages are aesthetically pleasing and look professional before the EIC sends the final pages to press.

Opinion Editor

  • The opinion editor is responsible for coming up with the story ideas for the opinion section.
  • The opinion editor is responsible for writing any unclaimed stories in their section.
  • The opinion editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff.
  • The opinion editor is responsible for editing the stories that staff writers send in to them. They will make sure that proper AP style is used.
  • The opinion editor will layout the pages on layout night for their section, make sure that the pages are aesthetically pleasing and look professional before the EIC sends the final pages to press.

Copy Editor

  • The copy editor is responsible for doing the second edits on all stories once they are laid out.
  • The copy editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff members.
  • The copy editor must make sure that proper AP style is used throughout the paper.
  • The copy editor will write stories as well.

Graphics Editor

  • The graphics editor is responsible for designing the covers for each issue of The RMR.
  • The graphics editor will attend weekly meetings with the EIC, managing editor, and the rest of the section editors and staff members.
  • The graphics editor will work with the other designers to come up with the graphics for each issue.