(Female, Age 34) from White Pine, TN
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|White Pine, TN
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Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
A daily hometown newspaper. Our location has about 40 employees.
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I write stories, take photographs, and edit copy. Much of my day is spent talking with people–either face to face or on the phone. I also get a lot of email correspondence.
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
two weeks paid vacation each year, life insurance equal to one year’s salary, eligible to purchase health and dental insurance, receive a monetary Christmas bonus each year.
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel undercompensated for my current position.
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
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A day in the life of…
Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:
|5am to 6am
|6am to 7am
|7am to 8am
|Arrive at office. Check phone messages, emails, and fax machine. Type obituaries and then fax proofs back to the funeral homes. Get proofs back via fax and make any changes and or corrections. Answer any incoming phone calls and forward to the correct phone until the office opens.
|8am to 9am
|Forward all obituaries to the pagination department for placement in the paper. Download digital photos from the camera and put in proper labeled folders on the computer network. Type cutlines (the information) for all photos taken the day before.
|9am to 10am
|Drive to next assignment, which is about students in a special summer camp learning about life after high school. Interview the camp counselors and some participants. Take several photographs and get a printed schedule of the camp activities.
|10am to 11am
|Drive a few miles to my next stop. Get photos and information about a construction project. Take photos at several different angles.
|11am to 12pm
|Visit city hall to check on events happening in town. Ask to see if there are any happenings that I need to address with a story. Find out the dates for upcoming council and planning meetings. Drive through town to see if there are any photo opportunities.
|12pm to 1pm
|Return to the office and check phone messages and emails. Return calls and emails, schedule appointments. Download all the digital photos that I have taken. Sort the photos into folders and place them on the network.
|1pm to 2pm
|Select the photos that I will be using and write the cutlines. Also write stories to go along with the photos that I have taken. Reread stories and cutlines, editing them.
|2pm to 3pm
|Scan all photos submitted thus far this week. Edit and prep the photos. Then write cutlines and type stories to go with the photos.
|3pm to 4pm
|Continue writing stories and cutlines. Then reread and edit the items after I have completed them.
|4pm to 5pm
|Sort through my materials and set tomorrow’s schedule. Type a detailed schedule and place on network.
|5pm to 6pm
|On the way home, I come across a car accident. I stop and take photographs and get the names of the officers working the accident. I give a business card to the fire chief who will send a report. He gives me as much information as possible. I talk to witnesses at the scene. I go home and write up a story with the information that I have, I can add additional information tomorrow.
|6pm to 7pm
|7pm to 8pm
|I receive a call about a house fire. I go to the scene and take photographs and get information. I then return home and prepare a short story about the incident and its damages.
|8pm to 9pm
|9pm to 10pm
|10pm to 11pm
|11pm to 12am
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