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Still time to apply for spot on student newspaper

Mon., June 11, 2007

The Vox, a student-produced newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review, is hiring staff for the 2007-08 school year.

Any teenager in Spokane County or North Idaho is eligible to apply. Those chosen will receive journalism training as they learn how to produce a professional-quality newspaper distributed to high schools and other locations throughout the region.

Contributors work out of The Spokesman-Review newsroom and have the opportunity to build a portfolio of clips while working with professionals in the field. Students also can enroll in an online course through Spokane Public Schools and receive scholastic credit.

No journalism experience is required. Participation is competitive, and students must complete an application process. Students need one year of experience with the Vox to be eligible for editor positions.

“Working at the Vox was a great learning experience for me. It’s so much fun being able to work with professionals at The Spokesman-Review while you learn the basics of journalism,” Vox copy chief Maggie Capwell said.

The Vox is seeking writers who can cover news, sports, opinion and entertainment, and the newspaper also plans to expand its photography staff. Also needed are page designers and graphic artists familiar with Photoshop.

“As the Vox continues to develop, we want to ensure that as much content as possible is student-produced,” said next year’s Vox editor, Tori Dykes. “The addition of a graphic designer or artist would be invaluable in achieving this goal.”

This year the Vox had an exchange student writing a regular column about her home in Jordan and her experiences in the United States. The Vox would like to have another exchange student write a column next school year.

The Vox also wants to find a political cartoonist.

Students selected will be expected to complete some training this summer in the S-R newsroom and will have to make occasional trips to Spokane throughout the school year for staff meetings.

To apply, go online to: and follow the directions. Applications are due June 22.


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