We've hired several new people. Here is a list of frequently asked questions
that should help our new team members get started.
Q:What is the best way to learn the
ropes? A: Start out by exploring the river. After you know what is out
there, take a look at the assignments that are available. Choose an assignment
that interests you and have fun with it.
Q:Where do I find the information for
my assignments? A: You'll find information in the books you read, from the people
you talk to, and everything you can see and hear.
Q: How many different sources should
I use for each of my assignments? A: Always check the assignment's requirements for specific media
needs. For example, a photo essay will obviously rely heavily upon photos.
A short story may only require one photo or a video to set the tone. Some
assignments will require all five screens to have media, others won't.
Q:How do I know that I have all the information
available? A: The Executive Producer, Ms. Edwards, will be sending you messages
through the Trail Mail system (in your Amadeus Media Composer) to help
you along. And don't worry about getting all the information. Get enough
to create a well-rounded piece. You might decide that you have to do extra
outside research to complete an assignment the way you want. Go for it.
Q:Does Earth Trails provide me with
any sort of checklist of criteria? A: In addition to fulfilling your requirements (listed with each
assignment), keep your copy of the Cornerstones of Quality with you all
the time. After you finish assignments, use the checklist specific to
your assignment and the Cornerstones of Quality as your checklists. Some
assignments will benefit from the ABCs of Persuasive Writing and the Field
Tested Guide to Problem Solving.
Q:When will I be able to choose my
own assignments? A: While you are learning the ropes, the production office provides
you with a list of possible assignments. You can access them on your Amadeus.
After you have successfully completed three of our assignments, you will
move up to feature producer status. This gives you the freedom to create
your own assignments, travel anywhere on the river you want, and tackle
any issue that is important to you.
Funding provided by
USDE Star Schools grant #R203K990001 and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust