The Ultimate Guide To Being A Contributing Editor

The Ultimate Guide To Being A Contributing Editor

Step by step instructions to being a part of a thriving Odyssey community.
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The Contributing Editor is responsible for editing articles for grammar mistakes, packaging the piece correctly when it comes to its headline and cover photo, and helping the EIC manage the team throughout the week.

Thursday // Friday

Edit content

Objective: Give feedback to creators on their submissions, leaving comments where appropriate.

Resources:

Odyssey editing 101
Odyssey's Library Of Digital Media Resources



Reach out to Creators who you have not heard from.

Objective: After content has come in Wednesday by 5 p.m., make sure all Creators on your team have communicated to you or the EIC about the status of their submission.

Resource:Tracking doc




Sunday

Ask creators for next week’s pitch.

Objective: Hold creators accountable to submitting topic ideas to get inspiration and motivation going throughout the team.

Resources: Tracking doc

Resources: Google Trends



Monday

Follow up with creators who haven’t submitted ideas.

Objective: Be proactive so you or your EIC isn’t in a panic when you don’t see any content to edit by deadline

Resources: Tracking doc

Check in with EIC

Objective: Each week, make sure you check in with EIC about the team’s progress this week. Strategize for the upcoming week and make sure you both are on the same page about team challenges and strengths.


Tuesday

Reach out in group message and remind Creators about the Wednesday at 5 p.m. deadline.

Objective: It helps your EIC to also remind Creators to submit. Yes, the EIC will be reaching out as well, but you reaching out means there will be peer-to-peer accountability amongst the Creators on your team.

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Being A Future Educator And Dealing With School Shootings

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If you haven’t heard about the 18 school shootings that we have had so far while President Donald Trump, then you need to catch up on your news. 2018 has been rough so far and these events have changed and impacted the United States and the education system.

I’m going to college to be an elementary education teacher and with all of these recent school shootings happening and everyone constantly talking about it, it’s completely devastating. There are so many other students like me who are completely dedicated to being a teacher and loving our students that we pray this would NEVER happen to our school let alone ANY school. It’s nerve-racking and heartbreaking for the future teachers, present teachers, staff, kids, parents, families, and everyone else. It’s terrifying for me because there’s always a thought or a possibility that something like a mass shooting on a school campus could happen to my school. Whether that’s a school I’ll teach at in the future or while I’m in college. I pray it never happens. But it would be utter chaos if it did.

It would be like any other normal school day. Except for this time the school is on lockdown. This time all the teachers are doing their protocol and trying to protect their students. We have fire drills, tornado drills, earthquake drills, lockdown drills but what about mass shooting drills? It’s a scary thing to deal with. Fast forward to all the police showing up to the school: the parents freaking out and wanting to know where they’re children are. The families of the teachers and staff freaking out over their family members safety. It’s all too real.

This is about gun control; I’ve heard both sides of this story. Some people think teachers should have guns in the classroom to protect their students and some people disagree. Is gun control about making it more difficult for people to get guns or making it easier? There are two sides to this and I’m in the middle observing both sides of the argument. More gun control laws would reduce death but the con of that is gun control laws do not deter crime, but that gun ownership deters crime. Will gun control laws prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws? Probably not. Are gun control laws such as background checks an invasion of privacy? There are so many factors to be thought of about this subject. I’m not one for politics and I like I said I’m in the middle of the two. It's time we have gun safety in America to prevent more innocent lives of adults and children from being hurt or killed.

This map shows the gun carrying policies in all 50 states as of 2017. Think about it.

I think we can speak for all education majors that the last thing you want to hear when you are sitting in a classroom trying to learn how to be a teacher is people discussing one of the worst things that you can imagine happening as a teacher. We all know it happened, and we are all aware it needs to be talked about, but rehashing something over and over, especially something as tragic as this does nothing but put people against each other. We all want better conditions for our kids, no matter what your political standing is. So, instead of posting every disturbing video, comment or picture that can possibly be found on the internet, talk to your representatives, consider the opinions of the people around you, and remind yourself what we all know but is very easy to forget: most people in this world are good.

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Let's Arm the Teachers

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The news is swirling and people seem to be losing their minds over school shootings (as they should be). From conversations on mental health to intense arguments on gun control, the national dialogue on school shootings has once again reached a peak. Survivors are seeking action by politicians now more than ever - although many have been fighting for change for decades.

The newest, most creative, "ah-ha" idea in many localities around the country is to arm teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. Whether this idea seems genius or like the stupidest thing you've ever heard, I am not concerned. Put it in a Facebook post.

I want to talk about a different kind of armament for teachers and school district employees. What if the government armed schools with the supplies, salary, and training to protect their students in a way in which they were capable of the positive mental, physical, and emotional development to protect them from a plethora of disasters including suicide, bullying, poverty, and, yes, school shootings? What if all teachers, not just private school teachers, were given the resources to properly support their students? This could lead to a compounding of armament meaning that students would be provided with the 'arms' (support and skills) they need to protect themselves from poverty, mental and physical illness, violence, etc.

Picture this, a student is struggling in school academically and socially. A teacher being paid sufficiently, with enough free time due to small class sizes, with the motivation and drive through proper training by their administrators, and with the extra supplies to help his or her students practice and understand class material is equipped to support the student emotionally and academically. This student, with this careful attention from the teacher improves in school socially and academically to become a productive member of society with some self esteem as icing on the cake.

The student without these resources falls through the cracks. He or she remains behind in school, emotionally damaged, and vulnerable to failure. Failure comes in many forms whether it be not graduating, not getting a job, falling into poverty, getting into trouble with drugs and alcohol, not having friends, deteriorating mental health, etc. These things are as much of a threat to one's life as gun violence. Furthermore, these things can lead to gun violence.

I do not agree with those who want to arm teachers with guns in order to protect students, but I do believe, although to a different degree, that education and strong teachers have great amounts of power in protecting the world. I believe it is possible, through funding and stronger infrastructure, for education, specifically public education, to protect students from violence inside and outside of school buildings themselves.

Overall, the politics of gun violence in America is complicated and wrought with many strong and conflicting opinions. I believe the most recent solution, to arm teachers, is complicated and dangerous, but my point has nothing to due with this discussion. I believe, though, that teachers should be armed with resources much more effective in the long run than guns. I believe in the power of teachers to keep students safe.

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