Organizational Structure, Staff Positions, Hiring Process & Editorial Guidelines,

Information

The University of St. Thomas has three student publications: THE CELT PRESS, Laurels and Thoroughfare. (see stthom.edu | Student Life | Campus Publications).

The student activity fee that all UST students are required to pay in order to enroll in classes funds all three of the student publications. The student newspaper is published with a budget approved by the University of St. Thomas Student Publication Board under the Dean of Arts & Sciences. UST has had a Student Publication Board since at least the 1980s – see editorial staff image from the 1982 Cauldron.

The 2016-2017 Student Publication Board is comprised of the following:

  1. Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz

  2. Dean of Student Affairs, Ms. Lindsey McPherson

  3. Chair, English Department, Dr. Clint Brand

  4. Faculty adviser to The Celt Press, Dr. Siobhan Fleming (2016-2017)

  5. Faculty adviser to Laurels & Thoroughfare, Dr. Janet Lowery.

THE CELT PRESS is a biweekly printed newspaper. The mission, editorial information & guidelines, current editorial staff, advertising rates, publishing dates and past issues are available online at THECELTPRESS.com.

Any inquiries, letters to the editor or freelance submissions can be emailed to: TheCeltPress@stthom.edu.

Staff Positions

All staff positions on THE CELT PRESS are unpaid, not-for-credit internships. Students who successfully meet the criteria of the internship position will be awarded documentation of such in their official UST Co-curricular Transcript.

Each April, all staff positions will be posted online at USTConnect in an open search process to receive applications for the next academic year. Current staff members need to apply each academic year. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. The following positions are standing staff positions on THE CELT PRESS:

  1. Editor in Chief
  2. Section Editor: Arts & Entertainment / Art
  3. Section Editor: Athletics
  4. Section Editor: Features
  5. Section Editor: News
  6. Reporter: Arts & Entertainment
  7. Reporter: Athletics
  8. Reporter: Features
  9. Reporter: News
  10. Sr. Columnist: Faith & Character
  11. Sr. Columnist: Spanish Language
  12. Reporter: Arts & Entertainment
  13. Reporter: Athletics
  14. Reporter: Features
  15. Reporter: News
  16. Advertising Staff
  17. THE CELT PRESS Artist

Assessment of the Internship

Each staff member’s performance in the internship will be assessed in April of each year. Staff members will be assessed on their attainment of expectations for THE CELT PRESS internship as delineated in their THE CELT PRESS internship contract, as well as the successful completion of THE CELT PRESS position responsibilities, also delineated in their contract.

All staff members are required to sign a plagiarism agreement confirming that any submission of content is accurate and original, and therefore print-ready.

Each year, the Student Publication Board will review the nominations of the Faculty Adviser for the editorial staff positions. The length of term for Editor-in-Chief and section editors is one academic year. Succession is expected so that all students can participate in the production of the student newspaper and experience various levels and areas.

Editorial Guidelines

The role of Faculty Adviser is to provide an infrastructure, processes and guide the editorial staff regarding appropriate content. The editorial guidelines of THE CELT PRESS are aligned with, and modeled after, the editorial guidelines of the UST the literary magazine Laurels, and the feature magazine Thoroughfare, both of which are published by the English department and subject to the same purview of the UST Student Publication Board.

Simply put, we are at a Catholic university and students who have chosen to pay tuition at a Catholic university fund the student newspaper through the payment of an activity fee each semester. Therefore, content in THE CELT PRESS aligns with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and is consistent with the Mission of the University of St. Thomas and the founding order of priests, the Basilian Fathers.

THE CELT PRESS reporters and section editors will adhere to ethical journalistic practices. They will not harass or disrespect potential interview subjects. They will quote sources accurately and attribute information and photos. Reporters will ask interview subjects their permission to record any interview before beginning the interview and will respect the decision of the interview subject if he or she declines to give that permission. All staff on THE CELT PRESS will report objectively and follow journalistic reporting guidelines provided by the faculty adviser. All reporters will employ AP Style for all content.

It is of utmost importance that reporters on THE CELT PRESS understand two things:

  1. There is a difference between censorship and editorial policy. They are not synonymous terms. The UST Office of Assessment conducted survey research in Fall 2016 to determine from undergraduate students what their level of awareness was about the former student newspaper and to determine what content they wanted to have in a student newspaper. Follow-up focus group sessions were conducted with undergraduates, the results of which corroborated the undergraduate newspaper survey. Students reported that they want news about UST. They want a newspaper printed on paper. They want to read articles about other students, faculty and activities on the UST campus. The results of this survey were included in THE CELT PRESS Volume 1, Issue 2 (page 2). Based on these results, THE CELT PRESS set out to give the UST students the newspaper they wanted — and pay for via their Student Activity Fee.
  2. When contacting potential interview subjects “no response” is a response. THE CELT PRESS reporters will respect the rights of others who choose not to engage in an interview. It is not a right of reporters to demand that other people respond to a request for an interview.

Reporters will deliver copies of the newspaper to all interview subjects when the issue is printed and distributed.

Participating as a staff member on THE CELT PRESS is an opportunity for all UST students to learn how to work in a group, improve upon their writing skills, develop publishing and layout skills, gain advertising experience and engage in the many opportunities UST offers its students.