Thanks to everyone who has completed the student survey. We appreciate the time and effort that you put into your responses. If you haven’t yet completed the survey, we’ll still be accepting responses through tomorrow. If you need the link again, please either find it in your inbox (it was sent on April 11 with the subject heading “New JSR Survey”) or email us requesting it.
We are glad to report that most students are happy with the changes that we’ve made to the program. Of course, your feedback will help us make alterations that will better serve you. Many of your good ideas — such as more face-to-face meetings and workshops, will be addressed in the next session. Some of your ideas, however, can be implemented now:
1.) Many students expressed dissatisfaction with the 5 PM due time for your assignments. In response, we’re changing the due time to 11:59 PM. So now you’ll have 7 more hours to complete your first drafts, editorial comments, revisions and worksheets.
Please note this, however: we make most of our publication decisions on Thursday nights before we leave the office at 7 PM. Even though you won’t be counted late if you submit your revisions after that time, your chances of being published will be diminished. Early revisions are more likely to be published than late revisions.
2.) A few students said that they’d like more feedback from the program coordinators. As a reminder, feedback is the job of the Student Editors — we comment on their articles, and they comment on the articles by the Student Reporters.
We do, on occasion, comment on articles by Student Reporters. We can only do this, however, when we have extra time to do so. Unfortunately, we don’t have extra time every week and some weeks we have far less time than others. We are intentionally not thorough when we make comments; while it’s sometimes appropriate to augment Editors’ comments, it’s not appropriate to do their jobs for them.
With that said, we understand that our feedback can be very useful. Even though we cannot give feedback to every student about every article, we want to make sure that each student has an opportunity to receive individualized help from us.
So, starting this week we will be holding weekly office hours. During these times, we will be online to chat with students about their work. These sessions are not intended for general advice — if you sign up for office hours, you must come with specific questions about specific articles.
Office hours will be held on a different day each week over the next month, starting with Friday of this week. If they go well, then we’ll continue having office hours on a weekly basis after the month is over.
Students who would like to chat must sign up in advance. Up to five students may sign up each week, and signups will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Office hours are completely optional, so if you’re happy with the level of feedback you’re receiving you don’t need to feel obligated to sign up.
To sign up for office hours, please visit this form: http://tinyurl.com/JSRSpring2013OfficeHours.
3.) Finally, just as a reminder: All of your deadlines are posted online at the website calendar: http://www.jstudentboard.com/reporter/spring-2013-deadline-schedule/. If you click on the items on the calendar, they will expand and you will be able to read them clearly.
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