Plant seeds and water them. Encourage independent thought. Make them the decision makers.
Show, don’t tell. It’s true in both how one tells a story and how a coach gets the writer to make decisions.
Encourage rather than discourage but set standards.
"Journalism is about curiosity, learning how to find out, looking at ALL sides of a story, evaluating and reporting things that the reader needs or wants to know, she said in the summer of 1999 article, "Everything I Need to Know I Learned Advising Publications."
A year earlier in the same magazine, Communication: Journalism Education Today, Linda Puntney said the adviser is one who runs on black coffee, Diet Coke and M&Ms, who never takes a sick day and heals herself; can see to it that students produce a regular eight-page newspaper; a 60-page magazine each semester; and a 240-page yearbook without ever missing a deadline, and can get a teenage photographer to put a card in his camera and, on occasion, focus.
For me, advising is that — and more.
Advisers also need to teach life skills — time management, meeting deadlines, tolerance, teamwork and leadership. While, in the classroom, I focus on teaching passive voice, lead writing, direct vs. indirect quotations and the like, the real teaching occurs outside the classroom with those life skills. Whether our students become medics, police officers, lawyers, politicians or journalists those life skills will follow them.
As a supervisor, I want employees that can do more than identify a line in the budget. I want employees that know what those budget lines mean and the implications they have for the recipients of the public service. I wanted them to analyze the situation, evaluate their alternatives and make a decision, looking into the finances behind the politics and the administration and the strategy involved in getting the legislation or policies passed or approved.
To that end, here are a variety of resources for media advisers.. ESTABLISHING A RAPPORT WITH LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES by Bradley Wilson . POLICIES HELP ESNURE UNBIASED COVERAGE FOR NEWSPAPER AND YEARBOOK by Bradley Wilson . PLANNING A PHOTO ASSIGNMENT by Bradley Wilson . SAMPLE PHOTOJOURNALIST'S CONTRACT by Bradley Wilson . RECRUITMENT: "I WANT YOU" with information from Crystal Kazmierski . THE CRITIQUE with information by Susan Benedict and Michele Dunaway, Howard Spanogle, Kathy Huting . HISTORY OF DESKTOP PUBLISHING by Bradley Wilson . FACEBOOK DOMINATES THE LIVES OF THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION by Bradley Wilson . TIME OUT FOR DIVERSITY by Bradley Wilson . GRADING: WHAT'S A TEACHER TO DO? with information from Candace Perkins Bowen, Susan Tantillo, H.L. Hall and John Bowen . BIDDING THE YEARBOOK, NEWSPAPER, LITERARY MAGAZINE AND FOOTBALL PROGRAM with information from Mary Kay Downes, Lizabeth Walsh, Betsy Ahlersmeyer . YEARBOOKS: YOU'RE THE JUDGE by Bradley Wilson with Judy Babb . HOW DO YOU SPELL ADVISER? with information by Jeff Salisbury . EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED ADVISING SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS with information from Judy Babb