Frequently Asked Questions
This answer is two fold.
If readers find factual errors in the newspaper, they should send an e-mail detailing the errors to the editorial board by contacting the Juniatian.
If readers disagree with an idea or opinion in the Juniatian, they are invited to express that response publicly in a letter to the editor.
The Juniatian prints corrections for factual errors only, not for differences of opinions.
It is against course policy for staff writers to allow interview subjects to review articles before going to press. The editorial board works to ensure the credibility of each statement made in the newspaper. If concerned about a staff writer’s interviewing technique or grasp of the interview material, the interview subject should contact the faculty advisor.
At any time, if a staff member is considered to be acting unprofessionally or unethically, concerned parties should contact the faculty advisor.
Only students enrolled in the Juniatian Writing Practicum may write articles for the newspaper. Space is at a premium in the Juniatian - additional pages cannot be added from issue to issue. Thus priority must be given to those students actually receiving course credit for their contributions.
The Juniatian does reserve space for letters to the editor. Community members who wish to comment on previously published articles or other campus or world events may submit a letter to the editor.
The Juniatian Writing Practicum course is offered every semester. Students may take the course any semester they are enrolled at Juniata. Students may take the course every semester, once per year, or once in a career. The opportunity is open as many times as a student wishes to join the staff.
The Juniatian reserves the right to edit letters to the editor based on length. Letters should be kept to approximately 300 words. However, exceptions have been made in the past. The limit is set only to ensure that letters can fit within the layout, and as such the 300 word limit should be adhered to when possible. Doing so increases the likelihood that letters will be published in their entirety.
A group of student editors and the faculty advisor comprise an “editorial board.” The student board members are charged with editing every article, blurb, caption, announcement, and photo placed in the Juniatian. The students serve as editor-in-chief, news editor, arts and entertainment editor, sports editor, layout editor, and photography editor. When numbers allow, assistant editors are included in each section.
The editors receive final copies of each article from the staff writers. The editors then edit the material for content, organizational, mechanical, and grammatical issues. They then submit the edited copies to the layout editor for layout design.
Once the layout has been created, the editor-in-chief and faculty advisor read the entire newspaper, looking for serious errors and/or omissions before the editor-in-chief and layout editor submit the final layout for printing.
Before each issue, staff members are required to submit a list of potential coverage ideas to the faculty advisor and editors. At the bi-weekly editors’ meetings, the editorial board discusses the submitted ideas. The board selects the final coverage list based on a variety of factors including timeliness, importance, and interest level. Staff writers still have the opportunity to bring “up-to-the-minute” ideas to class for consideration before the final coverage list is set.
The advertisements published in the Juniatian are handled off-site by our publisher, The Huntingdon Daily News. The Daily News sells ad space, creates the ads, and places them in predetermined spots within the Juniatian layout. As such, the Daily News sets all pricing of ads. Parties interested in placing advertisements in the Juniatian should contact the Daily News directly.
The Juniatian is prominently displayed on campus in all academic buildings, residence halls, Ellis Hall, and the library on newsstands that also house the New York Times.
The Juniatian does not sell subscriptions. Given the Juniatian’s small staff each semester, the task of selling subscriptions, collecting fees, and preparing mailings falls beyond the realm of our man-power capabilities. The staff writers and editors are instead asked to spend their time in creating the most coherent, content-rich newspaper possible.
The Juniatian is not published online. In recent semesters the staff and Juniata administration have discussed the possibility of creating an online version. However, no feasible strategy has been found that would allow the staff to publish both the online and print versions within a realistic timeframe. Currently the staff focuses on publishing the print copy as it is the most readable version for our on-campus community.