Hello, Prospective Staff!
Thank you for choosing to apply for the clay staff! We are excited to build a wonderful team with whom we can represent TPS to our community. We are looking forward to working with you over the coming year.
Please refer to the application below for details on each position and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Applications are due on July 6th, 2020.
Madison Asher and Jenna Koo
2020-2021 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. We are always looking for creative new ideas for a column (just include a short description of your plan when you apply). Please specify a single column you want to apply for.
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. Please note your preferred section of choice.
A Note to Public Relations Team:
Public Relations applicants can apply through this link. 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. We are looking for a Public Relations Manager, some Content Creators, an Engagement Manager, two to three Photographers, and a Graphic Designer. For more information, please see the separate application above.
Happy applying, everyone!
THEOLOGY & WORLDVIEW
Theology & Worldview will include theological discussions, faith-strengthening arguments, and church history. We are excited to see how this column develops this year!
T&W Editor: The T&W editor will organize the following columnists:
Church History: Columns focusing on the historical side of the church from A.D. 50 to the present. This can include abridged biographies of early church leaders or other ideas left to the discretion of the writer. However, 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 true today. This column is for equipping the saints to that end.
Bible Spotlight: Taking a more heartfelt approach, this column will feature devotions for daily life.
The News Section will give educated analyses of recent news and cultural events, shedding light on lesser known events to bring student awareness to current issues. It’s not intended to be a breaking news section, but rather a thoughtful look at the modern world through a Christian worldview.
News Editor: The News Editor will organize the following columnists and may help provide article topics for certain columns if necessary:
Political Analysis: This column will take a non-partisan approach to the Western political sphere in a time when the political climate has become increasingly toxic. The writer will follow political trends primarily in the U.S. and other Western nations.
International News: Intended to offer a global perspective, this column gives insight into current affairs around the world.
International Correspondence: This column has a bit more flexibility. It can range from focused news reports to more thoughtful cultural analysis from all over the world.
Science & Technology: This columnist will write engaging articles about the latest innovations in scientific and technological fields.
Other: We’d love to cover other news topics and current events, from engineering to business to economics. If you have an original 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 Editors: The A&C editor(s) 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 will contain 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 theory.
Film: The film columnist writes reviews of recent or classic films through an insightful, artistic lens.
Cooking: The food columnist writes on delightful dishes and posts recipes for them.
Poetry: This column spotlights a variety of poetry and poets from a variety of literary genres.
Theatre: Covering anything from the latest on Broadway to tips for drama students, the theatre columnist should be aware of current events in the theatre world. Prior stage experience is a plus!
Music: The music columnist has quite a bit of flexibility in covering important events in music news. For example, the death of a famous musician, music awards ceremonies, specific artists or albums, and music history can be covered in this column.
Books: This column consists of book reviews and book-related news, including analyses of recent publications and bestsellers, the-film-versus-the-book, or book recommendations.
We hope to give creative, meaningful insight into the TPS community through the Spotlight Section. Columnists will use their communication skills to interview and research a variety of subjects. We can’t wait to see how the Spotlight section grows in 2020-2021!
Spotlight Editor: The Spotlight editor will organize the following columnists:
Girls’ Student Spotlight: As the title implies, this female columnist will interview a TPS student every month and write about her life, interests, 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 more.
Class Spotlight: This column features a wide variety of classes (Literature, Science, etc.) over the course of the year, explaining the syllabus and the learning/teaching style of the class, teacher, etc.
College & Career Spotlight: From tips for winning scholarships to unique and trending careers, this columnist will write insightful, engaging articles to help inform students about their future education. Applicants for this position must be in the 11th grade or higher.
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. Creative new comedy ideas are welcome!
Humor Editor: 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 want to apply as 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.
The Open Mic section gives a voice to all students and alumni who are not full-time columnists with clay. We encourage TPSers to write and submit guest work for clay!
Open Mic Editor: The Open Mic editor will be responsible for managing an email account dedicated to receiving guest work for clay. He or she will edit guest submissions for grammar and clarity and post them on clay after they are received. We are looking for an editor eager to find and showcase new voices and talents on clay.
Please see the following editing sample for editor applicants:
“The Consequences of Technology”
We live in a life that people’s in the 1800’s would have have never dreamed of. Car’s race down the streets faithfully chauffeuring their passengers Americans walk down streets with portable phones to their ears, aircraft shooting through the ski transporting the world. Walking down Florida’s streets I see America’s diabolical technological advancements. And there’s Apple!! THE BEST THING THAT WAS EVER CREATE!!! I watch life not a admiration, but with a pinky smidge of sadness because, though techy stuff had benefits our world those benefit’s have blinds us from the the ruination that follows technology :(((((((. Take computers for example (STEVE JOBS YA’LLLLLLLLLL) which have changed our mentality in negative ways deviating us from Christian morals and causing mental diseases. YESSSS, It’s true and if you don’t believe it you’re a deluded Ronald Weasley whose been confunded. While American deepends greatly on teknology I believe it Mars life since it contribute to pollination, muscle pullulation and obesity and inadequate social skills. So what are you waisting time for? Ditch those phones, computers, and stuff them in the eekiest garbage you can find.
Though Americans heavily depends on vehicles, boats and industrial factory’s, for moral intentions, I believe the resulting pollution affects health, and the wellbeing of other creatures and plants. Vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and firetrucks save thousands of lives. Of course people should also regard this technology as cars and boat emitted gas that polluted the ocean–Pollution killed about five thousand people yearly including more than three million children under the age of five, because of Americas reliance on technology. It’s dependence also lowers, the risk of canser such as lung canser.
For example, statistics reveal that heavily reliance on technology, results in muscle atrophy, and skinniness. Of course exercising, equipment such as treadmills, is a beneficiary to many people, by sparing them from weather conditions or proving some cusion. If the treadmiller has knee-problems. Car’s also, provide swift transport: biking allows for speed and exercise ;). This reliance on motor-vehicles always results in the reduction of muscle atrophy and rotundity. Exercise, also brings doesn’t bring of of it diabetes; heart diseases; and cancer. Statistics show that about fifty percent of people, who exercise, have lower risk of colon cancer and diabetes and about thirty percent of people who exercise have lower risk of depression and/or dementia. Dr. Nick Cavill even admitted, “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented”.
Teen-beings spend to much, time on their phones, rather than with the people around them. They check the Facemakes, and Twittle, to round up with others on social media, and and ignore the life around them. Likewise, they have loads of fun with other-people. Por supuesto, they limit their time too practices people skill thus resulting in deficites, inability to express leadership and emotions and poor communication. Fortunately this developed poor relationships and difficult lives. Surprisingly, teens often use their phones to escape the world some could call a bright light full of misterie. I mean the world is just as bad as the Walking Dead world. In reality moreover the live is dead. Teens often only notice the benefits of social media believing it too close them the extroverts to the rest of the world. “[Social media] allows us to communicate freely and see what everyone else is doing. [It] gives us a voice that can reach many people”.
While technologie benifits United Statesians spend too much time using it thus resulting in missconseption of the purpose of radiology. Technology changed the woorst qualities of people—proper social skils deteriorate, physical condicion worsened, and metal capabilities decaying. Therefore people should respect technology, and regard them delicately. Because those that don’t are knuckle heads and should never be allowed to use Technology and should thus be sent back to the fourteenth century. Check out Isaiah 1:4 for proof. Many people, especially teens believe that their time spent on technology defines, their very being. Likewise, people define themselves, not technology. Our world and our beings have drastically changed. So throw your phones and computers in the trashcan or start using them properly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!