GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The NEWSPAPER NIGHT SHIFT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR is responsible for the night shift completion of composition
and production work on a daily student newspaper in a Higher Education institution. Employees in this class coordinate
and schedule the work of a small staff of student employees working in the composition and production area and
participate in the production and composition work.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
Employees in this class work during the academic year, approximately nine months in duration.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Production Coordination. Typical tasks: coordinates continuation of copy flow from the day shift by
consulting with Newspaper Production Supervisor regarding the status of production and to receive instructions
or advice on unusual production problems; consults with student editors, news staff and advertising staff, to exchange
information regarding production problems to be resolved by the night shift; schedules work flow for the night
shift; oversees the call-up of newscopy for final paging and correction; oversees completion of paste-up, photo
work, and ad copy; if unexpected production problems arise, notifies printer if final copy will be delivered after
normal deadline; at end of shift, oversees clearing of UPI memory for next day's filing of stories; releases staff
and delivers copy to printers.
- Composition and Production. Typical tasks: trains and assists student employees in newspaper composing
room activities including the operation of an electronic copy processing computer and terminals, electronic photo-typesetter
with direct entry keyboard for display ads and headlines, a digitized typesetter and previewer for ad and news
typesetting, a process camera and developer for photo-mechanical reproduction of news and ad material including
enlargements, reductions, screens, and reverses; trains and assists students in paste-up procedures and techniques
for hand composition of ad and news pages; trains and assists in ad copy corrections, art preparation techniques,
and the call up of news copy to the production room computer for review and corrections; trains and assists students
in production techniques for in-house publications or other contracted student publications; trains students in
the proper shutdown procedures of the equipment at the end of the shift, and the delivery of copy to the printer;
reviews work of students as completed for accuracy and conformance to editorial and production standards; advises
Newspaper Production Supervisor of any equipment or production problems, student worker scheduling, changes, or
- Equipment Operation and Maintenance. Typical tasks: as back-up, operates when needed all production
equipment including an electronic copy processing system used in news and classified ad copy setting, an electronic
photo-typesetter with direct entry keyboard for display ads and headlines, a digitized photo-typesetter and terminals
used for news and ad typesetting and a process camera and processor used in news and ad material production including
enlargements, reductions, screens, and reverses; may perform work at a light table and use related hand equipment
for ad and page paste-up; provides normal maintenance on all equipment used.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have frequent daily contact with student news, advertising and editorial staff to exchange
information and provide advice regarding their work as it affects production. There is occasional contact with
students, faculty, or staff making inquiries about the student newspaper. On occasion, employees in this class
will be in contact with the contracted printer to advise them of delivery time of final copy.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from an academic supervisor and coordinate efforts with
the Newspaper Production Supervisor but must work independently to accomplish the tasks. Work is guided by the
student newspaper and student media stylebook, the UPI or AP stylebooks, and by the Canons of Journalism, the Oregon
Newspaper Publishers' Code of Ethics, and State and Federal law relating to newspaper production.
Positions are primarily found in a printing plant. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated
with the position's location
Work in this class requires the willingness and ability to work the night shift.
Three years of clerical, editing, and/or newspaper production experience which provides a knowledge of:
- computerized text storage
- computerized editing units
- direct entry keyboards for computerized typesetter and previewer
- related computer software
- newspaper layout, paste-up and straight matter corrections