Arriving on-time for work. Dressing in a professional manner. Staying focused on the job. These are all traits we expect from people who work in our newsrooms, and perhaps traits we expect most people to have learned somewhere along the way. However, when you work in an environment where your staff may not only be new to a newsroom, but new to the workplace, you may have to spell out some ground rules.
With as many as 15 students working in my newsroom at any given time, someone is bound to say they can’t cover an assignment because they have to study for an exam. Or as the weather warms up, someone may show up to cover the mayor’s news conference wearing shorts and sandals. That’s when I refer them to the newsroom contract they signed when starting at WFUV.