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January 21, 2006

Handbooks and Bookkeeping

The last week for me has been grueling for me. First there were the 30 hours of marathon meetings over the weekend, in which we discussed everything from our lofty vision and goals for TNS to who has authority to make what decisions to small details like where to place the In Other News feature on the new website.

Then, I jumped immediately into my role as PeoplesNetWorks bookkeeper and accountant. Since Tuesday, I’ve spent well over 25 hours making sure that every cent from 2005 is accounted for and preparing employee tax forms for our writers and the IRS.

I’ve also been working with Michelle to revamp our Content Contributors’ Handbook. This guide, which is publicly available on our website as a PDF, is the backbone of TNS editorial policy. It embodies our ideals as a collectively-run news organization and orients writers and editors to the high standards we practice during the daily news writing and editing process. We wrote the first draft version in late 2003 before we began publishing and updated it slightly in the summer of 2004.

Now we are working on doing a more expansive overhaul so that it reflects our collective experience of news publishing for two years. When we come out with the new version in a couple of weeks, I encourage all of you to take a look at it. I think it will give you insight into what goes on behind each news article here at TNS.

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