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Writing Wrongs needs professional advisors to volunteer their time 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 for one or both days .
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 dawn@seekreporttruth.com. To succeed, the program needs mentors as much as it needs students.

What exactly is my role as a Program 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. Photographers need to edit and prepare suitable pictures for print and web. Writers will need advice on their story ledes and final edits in AP style. For the most part, you will hang out in the workroom to answer whatever questions arise. You will make sure that release forms are properly signed and collected and that students adhere to interviewees wishes (for example, if they agree to be interviewed but not photographed).

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?

Program Advisors must be there for the entire program, which is Friday evening orientation through Monday of Labor Day weekend. The program starts at approximately 5 p.m. on the Friday before Labor Day 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 are 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. It is a good idea to attend the Friday evening orientation if you can.

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. This is determined by the number of advisors who require a room and Writing Wrongs’ budget allowances. You would be notified if you would be sharing a room, and if you do not wish to share accommodations, you have the option to pay for your room at our group rate. Lunch and dinner are provided throughout the program for Program Advisors and Associate Advisors. Light breakfast items are available and Advisors who are guests may partake of the hotel’s complimentary breakfast bar.

Why should I do this?

There are many reasons. Do it because it serves the local community. 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. Put it on your calendar now.

After you submit this form, you will receive an email from seekreporttruth@gmail.com within one to three days. Please add this email address to your account so it doesn’t get blocked as spam.

 

 

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