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Minimum standards

Minimum standards

As with any job, a reporting job has certain minimum performance standards. In case you might have forgotten those miminum requirements, here they are again:

  • Meet copy deadlines
  • Include at least two sources on every story, unless exempted by an editor
  • Learn the stylebook
  • Spell check copy before filing
  • Run your beat daily, unless exempted by an editor
  • Advance all regular meetings
  • ALWAYS check on any action taken following executive session
  • If you break a story, follow it
  • If you are absent, make sure your regular beat is covered
  • Sign in and out when you enter and leave the newsroom
  • Check out with editor(s) before leaving for the day

— Wanda Garner Cash
The Baytown (Texas) Sun