Apply – Advisors

Writing Wrongs needs professional advisors to volunteer their time for one or both days to assist and mentor the students.  If you work in media, design, photography and other corresponding industries, or are a faculty member in appropriate departments at colleges and universities, please consider applying.
Note: Current students cannot apply to be advisors.


Okay. So you’re thinking about doing this thing, but you’re not sure exactly what to expect. Here are some answers that may help you decide. If you have questions that aren’t answered on this page, please contact Dawn at seekreporttruth@gmail.com. To succeed, the program needs mentors as much as it needs students.

What exactly is my role as an advisor?

As a faculty member or industry professional, your job is to assist the students as they pursue their stories, videos, and pictures. Layout and design needs an experienced eye. Website design (WordPress) needs a helpful hand when it comes to adding new articles and pages, formatting and appearance, etc. For the most part, you will hang out in the workroom to answer whatever questions arise. You could be reciting AP style rules, or helping those who are struggling with a lead — whatever comes up.

At times, you may be asked to accompany a student on a story, guide them in what questions to ask, and help them arrange their words in the best manner possible.

You may be asked to carpool some of the students to another nearby location for a specific event they want to cover.

When do I have to be there?

Advisors must be there for the entire program, which is always Saturday through Monday of Labor Day weekend. The program starts at approximately 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of September and wraps up at approximately noon on Monday.

Associate Advisors must volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours, which can be completed in one day or split between Saturday and Sunday. You would be needed the most during work times, which are usually in the afternoon and evening. Itinerary will be provided and you will confirm your hours prior to the event. Your name will be included in the resulting publication as an Associate Advisor.

What is provided?

Advisors who don’t live in the immediate area are offered a hotel room, which you could be sharing with another advisor. Breakfasts, lunch and dinner are provided  throughout the program for Advisors and Associate Advisors.

Why should I do this?

My first reaction to this question is that if you need to ask this, don’t apply. But, here’s the answer: You should do it because you will be helping future journalists report on an important and often overlooked societal issue. You will be helping to change attitudes about this issue and effect positive change. Do it because this is an opportunity to work with an amazing, motivated, passionate group of adults and students. Do it because it’s important. Do it to help tell the stories of those who never get to tell them. Do it because.

Where can I apply?

Advisor applications are accepted year-round. Submit this form to indicate your interest and further information will be provided. For planning purposes, commitment to attend the program is needed by June 1.

 

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