The Advocate, Pitt-Johnstown’s student newspaper, has been published weekly during the school year since the university’s 1927 founding.
Each week while classes are in session, students meet Sunday evenings to plan the newspapers next issue. Story ideas are discussed for each section – news, features and sports.
An editorial presenting the collective opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board is decided upon, usually after discussing stories presented in the last issue. Photos are discussed to accompany text presentations, along with an editorial page cartoon and a question asked students in a speak your piece feature. Students who attend the meeting as writers are assigned stories and section editors coordinate their stories with the photography editor.
Students work on their stories during the week, producing copy for a Friday afternoon meeting of all editors and copy editors. Stories are edited by up to five editors and read and edited by the newspaper’s adviser. Headline orders are generated by section editors to fit their layout plans and copy editors help write the headlines.
The final product is sent to the printer over the weekend and 2,000 copies of the eight-page paper are delivered from the printer Tuesday afternoons for distribution Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Rough surveys of students show that 80 to 90 percent of all students read the newspaper.