The purpose of the press corps program is to provide YMCA Youth & Government delegates with an opportunity to understand the role of media in the government. Through the weekend of learning by doing, Press Corps members become involved with the actual skills of newspaper production: writing, interviewing, commentary, editing, layout, photography, graphics, production and circulation.
District Training Program
A special training program for Press Corps should be held in each district prior to the Albany Model Legislative weekend. All delegates wishing to attend the State program are required to participate in the district conference during the same year. The agenda for the district conference press training includes learning to write, interview techniques, photography and layout. Each delegate must submit an article about their district conference, to the State Office when all other materials are due.
Structure of the Program
The Press Corps members work as part of a newspaper staff. Each member must complete the following assignment by email to the Editor (John Wikiera Jwikiera2016@gmail.com) and State Director (Mark Rutkowski firstname.lastname@example.org)
By November 14, 2015 submit a news or blog article to the Editor and State Director
By December 19, 2015submit a news or blog article to the Editor and State Director
By January 24, 2016 submit a news or blog article to the Editor and State Director
By February 21, 2016 submit a news or blog article to the Editor and State Director
At the State Conference an initial organizational meeting, the group’s individual resources are identified and a structure is developed to cover various functions of the paper. These areas include:
Following the initial organizational work and assignment of roles, the Press Corps functions in the morning, afternoon and evening work sessions as outlined in the official conference schedule. In addition to each district’s pre-conference edition, the Press Corps is responsible for producing a newspaper (The Dialectic) for the weekend, The Postie (post conference newsletter on-line), and photos for the closing slide program.
Types of Participation:
The Press Corps program like the other special purpose groups demands considerable individual initiative and responsibility. The student must be highly motivated since many assignments are given over the course of the weekend. Press Corps members are responsible for reporting in at the beginning of each work session and deadline.
b . Photographes
Legislative Weekend upon assignment by the editorial staff.
This position has the rank of a Senior Officer of the Youth & Government program as indicated in Chapter One of this handbook.
PRESS CORPS AWARD
Members of the press corps will select through voting, a fellow member who they feel has made the outstanding contribution to this year’s Press Corps program. This person will be presented with the Press Corps Member Award at the Closing Session.