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Our Mission:

Student Publications and Media are for the common good of the UVU student body. The Student Publications and Media goals are to provide an avenue for freedom of expression and to communicate worthwhile and newsworthy information to the campus community while providing a place for student learning. Student Publications and Media shall provide a voice for student concerns and issues to facilitate meaningful and educational communication and interaction between students, faculty and administration. -Preamble, Student Publications and Media constitution. 

 

Submission of Articles:

 

The Review staff is often asked how someone can get something to appear in the paper. Essentially there are four ways that can happen:

  1. A student can submit an article for publication
  2. A person can submit a “letter to the editor” to be included on the paper’s Opinion page
  3. A person can “pitch” a story— this usually takes the form of a press release
  4. Finally any person or organization can pay for advertising space in either the print or online editions.

 

The Review operates as an open public forum for all currently enrolled students at Utah Valley University. Any student can submit articles for consideration, and any student can apply to be a member of staff.

 

1. Submit an article for publication

 

For article submissions the following guidelines should be followed:

 

  • The person writing the article must be a current student in good standing at Utah Valley University. Faculty, staff and community members cannot submit articles for consideration. In addition to being an open public forum for students The Review is also a vehicle for journalism education.
  • The Review uses the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook for news formatting. All articles for submission should conform to this standard. The Review can assist new writers as they learn the AP style and can help them build a story that “reads like a news article”. Newspaper articles are almost always written in the third person and they follow typical newswriting conventions like the inverted pyramid.
  • The Review upholds the standards set by the Society of Professional Journalists as outlined in that body’s Code of Ethics. You can find the complete SPJ Code of Ethics here. Students must remain objective in their reporting and avoid conflicts of interests. So for instance, if you were a member of a student club you could not write an article about that club—it would be a conflict of interest.
  • All article submissions are subject to review, fact-checking, copy-editing and final approval by the paper’s editor-in-chief and their staff.
  • Students interested in submitting articles for publication should stop by the newsroom in SL 214 and meet with a member of staff or the student media coordinator Vegor Pedersen in SL 214F.

2. Submit a letter to the editor to be included on the paper’s Opinion page

 

Letters to the editor and opinion/editorials (op-eds) can be submitted by any student, staff, faculty or community member. Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

 

  • Letters to the Editor need to include the full name and contact information of the writer, even if your preference is to remain anonymous. Also the writer should indicate their connection to UVU (student, faculty member, concerned citizen, etc).
  • The best letters are short and to the point. A 100 word letter is much more likely to be published than a 500 word essay.
  • Op-eds are longer form opinion pieces from a particular point of view. So for instance if the English department on campus wanted to write an “open letter” to the administration complaining about the tenure process that might take the form of an op-ed. Or if the Student Body President wanted to inform the student body about a particular issue they were passionate about they could write an op-ed.
  • Letters to the editor and op-eds are subject to review, fact-checking, copy-editing and final approval by the paper’s editor-in-chief and their staff.

3. Pitch a story

 

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to pitch a story to the editorial staff. Pitches should adhere to the following guidelines:

 

  • One of the most effective ways to pitch a story to a journalist is to give them a press release. Press releases are typically 1-2 pages and they take the form of a traditional news article—with headlines, quotes from people involved and written using the AP style guide. For examples of press releases you can check out the university’s newsroom blog here.
  • Press releases and other materials can be delivered to the student newsroom in SL 214 or can be sent to paper’s editor-in-chief here.
  • You can also pitch your story in person by visiting a member of staff in the student newsroom. All story ideas are picked up at the discretion of the student staff. Basically, you need to sell your idea to the students who cover your topic.
  • The best story pitches contain one or more of the basic news values: Impact—How will this affect the audience’s lives? Timeliness—Did this just happen? Prominence—Who are the big names involved in the story? Proximity— Is this story local to the audience? The Bizarre—Is there anything unexpected about the story? We sometimes call this “Man Bites Dog”. Conflict—What are the different sides of this issue, and what are their arguments? Currency—is the story of the moment? Is this currently trending? For example, a story about love has currency around Valentine’s Day, and a spooky story has currency at Halloween. Finally, Human Interest—Does the story say something compelling about an individual?

4. Pay for advertising space in either the print or online editions

 

Finally, the best way to make sure your message will definitely appear in the paper is to buy an advertisement.

 

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Board Members

Mallory Black

Mallory Black

communications manager

strong hearts native helpline

 

 
Jordan Carroll

Jordan Carroll

managing editor

the daily herald

 

 
Craig Conover

Craig Conover

retail manager

the daily herald

 

 
Tad Walch

Tad Walch

reporter deseret news

 

 
David Newlin

David Newlin

technical writer

former digital editor at the salt lake tribune

 

 
Isaac Halasima

Isaac Halasima

independent television and film producer

 

 
Stephen Whyte

Stephen Whyte

associate vice president university marketing & communications

 

 
Alexis Palmer

Alexis Palmer

associate vice president student affairs

uvu dean of students

 

 
Rob Smith

Marc Reynolds

student body president UVUSA

 

 
Kimberly Bojorquez

Kimberly Bojorquez

editor-in-chief, The UVU Review

 

 
James Fisher

James Fisher

Assistant professor, uvu department of communication

 

 
C. Vegor Pederson

C. Vegor Pedersen

coordinator of student media 

vegorp@uvu.edu