Hello, Prospective Staff!
We are thrilled that you have chosen to apply for the clay staff! Thank you for helping us to build a wonderful team with whom we can represent TPS to our community.
Please refer to the application below for details on each position and email email@example.com with any questions or concerns, then fill out the form at the bottom of this article. Applications will be due on July 7th, 2018.
Also note there is a separate application for the Public Relations team.
Jacey Koo and Corrie Anna Campbell
2018-2019 Senior Editors
A Note to Columnists:
Beginning in August, clay columnists write one 500-700 word article each month and submit it to their editors by the deadlines given. About a week before submission, writers will notify their editors concerning their intended topic. Depending on the column applied for, some articles may require time beyond brainstorming and writing, i.e. conducting interviews or research, so take all time requirements into account. Please don’t limit your applications to the columns we’ve listed! If you have a creative idea for a new column, apply for it with a short description of your plan.
A Note to Editors:
Editor positions are reserved for students 10th grade or higher with an appreciation for the correct mechanics of the English language and an ability to produce constructive criticism. Editors must have ready access to and availability over email to answer columnists’ questions, receive articles and topics, and send out deadline reminder emails.
Happy applying, everyone!
THEOLOGY & WORLDVIEW
Theology & Worldview will include church News, faith-strengthening arguments, and church history. Excited to see what this column produces this year!
T&W Editor: Position open! The T&W editor will organize the following columnists:
Church History: Columns focusing on the historical side of the church from A.D. 50-Present. This can include Heroes of the Early Church (abridged biographies of leaders of the early church) or other ideas left to the discretion of the writer, but a balanced perspective would be necessary for the writer or writers of this section.
Apologetics: “Always be prepared to give an answer” St. Peter told the church in his first epistle. Those words ring just as true today, and this column is for equipping the saints to that end.
Bible Spotlight: Taking a more heart-felt approach, this column will give a devotion for daily life.
The News Section will give educated analyses of recent events and culture. While focusing on current events, it’s not intended to be a breaking news section, but rather a pondering analysis of the modern world through a Christian worldview.
News Editor: Position open! The News Editor will organize the following columnists and may help provide article topics for certain columns:
Political Analysis: Taking a non-partisan approach to the American and western political sphere in a time when the political climate is increasingly toxic. The writer will be following trends primarily in the US, and other western nations as necessary.
International News: Intended to offset the tendencies of most American news outlets, this column is intended to give insight into current affairs around the world.
International Correspondence: This column has a bit of flexibility, as it can range from strict reporting of the news to cultural insight from all over the world.
Other: We’d love to have other topics of news and current events from technology to business to economics. If you have your own idea for a news column, let us know!
ARTS & CULTURE
Combining abstract artistic pursuits with art’s technicalities and even some international culture, A&C will be clay’s creative anchor this year.
A&C Editor(s): Positions open! Depending on how big this section becomes, this section is a potential co-editorship. However, we’d ask that you apply individually rather than as a prepackaged team with another TPSer. The A&C editor (or dynamic duo) will organize the following columnists:
Serial Story: This column features a unique, meaningful novella issued chapter-by-chapter. Applicants with strong creative writing skills should submit a sample story and an outline of their serial story plan for the September-May issues.
Photography: Featuring photographer interviews, technical exposés, and creative inspiration, the photography column contains a wide range of information for both amateur and experienced TPS photographers. Applicants for this column should submit a sample article as well as examples of their own photography.
Fashion: If you have a knack for finding classy clothing, try sharing some tips with your fellow TPSers. Explore the wide variety of topics included in fashion, from girls’ and guys’ clothing to aesthetic psychology to accessories.
Film: The film columnist writes reviews of recent films through a Christian worldview.
Cooking: The food columnist writes on delightful dishes and posts recipes for them.
Theatre: Covering anything from the latest on broadway to tips for drama students, the theatre columnist should have experience on the stage and be aware of current events in the theatre world.
Music: The music columnist has quite a bit of flexibility in covering important events in music news (for example, death of a famous musician or a music awards ceremony), spotlighting a certain artist or album, or giving music history of genres or instruments.
Books: This column consists of book reviews and book-related news, to include analyses of recent publications and bestsellers, the-film-versus-the-book, or book recommendations.
We have a vision for Spotlight that we’re really hoping will flourish this year–creative, deep, meaningful, beyond a student’s favorite color or the number of classes Mrs. Smith teaches. We can’t wait to see how this section develops in 2018-19!
Spotlight Editor: Position open! The Spotlight editor will organize the following columnists:
Girls’ Student Spotlight: As the title implies, this (female) columnist will be interviewing a TPS student every month and writing about her life, plans, and personality.
Guys’ Student Spotlight: This column is just like the girls’ spotlight, except for guys.
Alumnus Spotlight: The alumnus columnist interviews a TPSer and writes about his or her life after TPS. Ideas include old favorites from high school, new plans in college, and other usual aspects of an interview.
Teacher Spotlight: The Teacher Spotlight columnist will interview a TPS teacher each month and write about his or her life and experiences with TPS, helping students get to know their instructors a bit better.
Class Spotlight: The columnist in this section should feature a different class every issue, explaining the classes and the learning/teaching style of the class, teacher, etc. He or she will try to cover a class from every category (Literature, Science, etc.) by the end of the year.
Story Spotlight: Do you have a story that’s your go-to to break the silence in awkward situations? A memory that immediately comes to mind when people ask for your more embarrassing moment? Stories are what make us us, so we want to feature some of the best this year. The story spotlight columnist will go on the hunt for 1-2 really good stories–may they be funny, sad, or serious–each month and share them in their article.
Everyone needs a good laugh at some point during the long school year, and the Humor section is one of the best places for TPSers to find something to chuckle at. We’re hoping to increase the Humor Section size, so creative comedy ideas are welcome!
Humor Editor: Position open! The Humor editor will organize the following columnists:
Humor Columnist: If you have a creative idea to brighten a TPSer’s day and a good sense of humor, try sharing it with the whole school through the humor column. For examples of creative humor articles, here’s a link to a humor competition from several years ago (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nckY2ZX61BGIKoVPosM_zI-YZLo6ML1r3fdzjHb_61E/edit?usp=sharing).
Cartoonist: If you have a knack for sketching and making people laugh, you might try applying to be a cartoonist. Instead of writing samples, applicants should submit two cartoon panels and an explanation of their column’s theme or characters.
Satire: We’re looking for a dry, humorless writer who can deliver such poor writing as to make us cry out in agony.
See separate application for this position. Our Public Relations staff will post on clay’s social media accounts on a daily basis to engage with the TPS community, spread our message, and help us maintain a professional public image. Note that this year we are combining the previously separate positions of PR Editor and Open Mic Editor into one “Public Relations Manager” position. Our PR Manager will be responsible for editing social media posts but also will use his or her access to clay’s social media accounts to reach out to the TPS community in search of guest columnist articles, which will be published in appropriate sections on clay throughout the year. Additionally, we will now be hiring a full time photographer for Public Relations who will provide about sixteen high quality and TPS approved photos per month that content managers can use in their social media posts, although photography experience for all content managers is also recommended but not required. Provided is the link to the separate Public Relations application:
Article for editors (please paste this into a document and upload it with your corrections as you would for a columnist):
Everybody Has a flaming desire to appear very tall these dayes. Bajillions of women will only go out after wearing a bit of heel and children put bricks on their heads, hoping that gravity will stretch them taller. Men espeshially dread the idea that they could stand any where below five foot seven thinking that that they will live a long and lonely life, since no girl with a brain would marry a guy shorter than himself. Contrary to popular believ, however, although disavantages can exist in the life of a short person, a short stature has many unique perks such as longevity or the unique ability to develop a humble outlook on the world. Although our society tends to fear and resist it, smallness, has multiple avantages, which the petit should pride and the tall should deeply, with purpll passions, fear immensly much more than their oversizd freakishly big dark shadow, which as a short person knows, is comperable to the vally of the shadow of death in uniqueness
According to a intensive study included in the U.S. national library of medicine, those with a shorter stature tend to experience a longer lifespan (which means they live longer). Simply examining the lives of Japanese Hong kong Chinese and the Greeks, generally shorter cultural groups, reveal that they lived much longer than other races in the late 20 century. Furthermore a long study of the Okinawans reveals these small people, who’s men average four feets nine, often live into their nineties even then continuing “a high level of physical activity”. These avantages is not the result of genetics since when these ppl. migrate to foreign countries, they soon acquire many of the diseases of the host population after a few generations of intermarying with the taller people in their new homes! These advanages also aren’t due to diet changes of food although it’s notable, that short people rarely order their fries super sized. o.O Perhaps a contributing factor to a greater longevity in short people is that the tall tend to injure themselves more than shorter people who can maneuver around easily without bumping into anything, where as height provicient people tend to blindlessly ram at top velocity into furniture, walls, and other people. These findings contradict the social idea that “bigger is better” (which applies to frys and peoples’s alike!
Besides the clear medical avantages of a smaller stature. Shortness does benefit the way people view the world. Shorter people, teased often about their heights, literally have to look up to others constantly which makes them humble. My sister for example destined to remain at four foot eight forever, often needs to ask for help to reach a palate or turn off the kitchen vent. 😉 However this reliance on others has made her more humble and open to critisicm than others in our family!!! Tall people are occustomed to everyone admiring, on the other hand, their heights and viewing them as athletic. When they enter the world, employers more willingly accepts them since taller workers appear distinguished and impressive but this bias towards them can lead to an errogant attitude on the tall peoples’ behalf. While height often gives people a powerful, and domineering outlook on the world, shortness helps humanity become less puffed up and focus on the importantly things in life.
Although our society tends to ridicule shortness our cultural attitudes towards it must shift to a less biased view point (CAUSE THOSE WHO DO ARE LIKE HILLARY CLINTON). Those who stand at low heights. Should learn to embraced their shortness. *accepts the midget inside as perdestined to stand short from the foundations of the world* Additionally those blessed with a tall stature should respect the shorter for their possible superior ability to withstand critisicm and should learn from their humility. To make the best of our heights, we should all become short people who like to stick with being short, or tall people who admire the short, small, miniscule things of life. We must simply accept the way God created us and appreciate our unique sizes for they’re many uneek blessings.