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Centurion Basics

Website: www.bucks-news.com

Ph: 215-968-8379 or 8367

E-mail: centurion@bucks.edu

Location: last door on the right of the Clubs and Organizations wing in the Rollins building, 2nd floor, room 127

CENTURION REPORTERS PROFESSIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT

Guidelines for submitting Centurion stories:

Stories are due by noon Wednesday

Send a copy of your story (as a Microsoft Word attachment if possible) to centurion@bucks.edu and journalism@bucks.edu

Centurion stories should be a minimum of 500 words, single-spaced, in Times New Roman font. Don't use tabs. You can put an extra space between paragraphs to indicate paragraph breaks.

Please include the topic of your story in the subject line of your e-mail.

To get an assignment go to the Centurion assignment board. PIck the story you want and indicate which one you're taking so one one else takes it.


The Centurion is the college's award-winning student newspaper. It is published on roughly a weekly basis. The staff is made up entirely of Bucks students, who have total control over the paper's content. The paper always needs student reporters, editors, layout people, photographers and web editors. Students eligible for federal work-study can receive a salary if they serve as an editor.

All Jour175 students are required to write at least eight stories for the Centurion. At least three of these stories must be either news or sports stories. The others can be reviews, editorials or whatever.

NOTE: EIGHT STORIES IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER JOUR175 STUDENTS MUST WRITE. YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO WRITE AS MANY STORIES AS POSSIBLE. GENERALLY, THE PEOPLE WHO GET THE MOST INVOLVED WITH THE CENTURION ARE THE ONES WHO DO BEST IN THIS CLASS.

DEADLINES: Noon Wednesday for non-breaking news, sports, features, editorials, etc. Thursday afternoons or early evening for breaking news stories.

The paper is edited and layout is done Thursday afternoon and evening. All students are welcome to show up on layout night to help put the paper together (and have some pizza).

DEADLINES ARE IMPORTANT! Like any newspaper, The Centurion is on a tight production schedule and depends on its reporters to get stories in on time. Missing a deadline not only causes tons of problems for the paper's editors, it also means you don't get class credit for the story. IF YOU MUST MISS DEADLINE OR CAN'T FINISH A STORY, LET THE EDITOR KNOW ASAP!

WORKING STORIES: YOU WILL PERIODICALLY BE GIVEN CLASS TIME TO WORK ON CENTURION STORIES. THIS IS NOT STUDY HALL. THIS TIME MUST BE USED TO EITHER REPORT OR WRITE STORIES FOR THE PAPER, AND AT THE END OF THE CLASS PERIOD I EXPECT TO SEE WHAT PROGRESS YOU'VE MADE.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SOURCES: Sources (people you interview for stories) may sometimes ask to see a copy of your Centurion article before it goes to press. While it's fine to double-check facts with a source (that's a good thing, in fact), it is your responsibility to politely but firmly refuse any request to see the entire article before it's printed.

WHY? By letting a source see an article pre-press, you're giving them the chance to try to control the article's content. Sources will often demand changes to articles in order to make themselves look better.

Once this happens you have surrendered your independence as a reporter and are no longer a journalist; instead, you have gone over to the dark side and entered the world of public relations hell.