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Student Media welcomes on new staff through the Candidate Program, a semester-long training regimen for prospective staff members at The East Carolinian, the university’s 93-year-old student newspaper. After completing the candidate program and at least a semester on staff with The East Carolinian, reporters may apply for management positions within the Magazine Division or contribute to the magazines as a reporter.
 
Candidate Program participants meet for one hour weekly, where they are part of vital sessions on a variety of topics relevant to student journalism, and they are required to meet other beneficial standards that make for a complete reporter. And if all goes as planned, students graduate out of the program to become reporters, then editors, copy editors, news editors, magazine division editors and, for a few, editor-in-chief or managing editor. 
 
Beat editors are assigned a staff of up to 20-30 student reporters per semester. It is the job of each editor, along with his/her assistant editor, to work with these student reporters, helping them with assignments, story structure, newsgathering and editing. To a lesser extent, copy editors and the managing editor are also cast in the peer mentor role. Even the editor-in-chief may on occasion work with individual students.
 
Classes taught by an adviser include modules on Newsgathering, Newswriting, Feature Writing, Editing, Libel & Privacy Law and Ethics & Diversity, among others. There are additional requirements, including Day Desk and Night Desk in which the candidates handle duties necessary for the operation of the newspaper.

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