All students who work for Skiff and Image receive compensation except for work they do for class credit. Articles, photos, copyediting and other work done to fulfill course requirements are not paid for.

All students on payroll MUST submit the required paperwork before they can be paid. Career Services, located in the Student Center Annex, coordinates student employment. Students who have never before worked on campus must take the following to Career Services: Social Security card or birth certificate, along with TCU photo ID, driver's license or passport. Students will fill out a Personal Data Form (PDF), Workers' Compensation, W-4 tax form and I-9 for the federal government. The PDF must be turned in to the Student Publications business manager. A new SEO form must be filled out each year you work on campus, but the other forms need to be filled out only once.

Paychecks are mailed to the student's address as listed on the PDF on Friday after each pay period.

There are four methods for determining the pay a student receives:

1. Salary

2. Hourly (shift workers)

3. Piecework (work published)

4. Commission (advertising staff only)

Salaried staff

Salaried positions are paid a set amount for the semester (Skiff) or year (Image) that is set when they are hired. Salaries are determined by the student publications director, in accordance with the budget, upon the recommendation of the editor in chief. Experience, seniority and level of responsibility are factors considered. Editors who exhibit exemplary performance may receive a bonus at the end of the semester. The following positions, which may vary from time to time, are salaried:

Skiff editor in chief, managing editor, associate editor, campus editor, design editor, features editor, opinion editor, sports editor, photo editor, copy desk chief Image editor in chief, managing editor, art director

Shift workers

Workers assigned shifts, which includes copyeditors, production artists, photo artists and graphic artists, are paid for hours worked. They must record hours worked on a time sheet posted in the work area, which must be approved by their supervisor. Shift workers who miss an assigned shift are responsible for finding a replacement. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Pay on basis of work published

Staff paid on the basis of work published includes reporters, columnists, reviewers, photographers, cartoonists, illustrators and other contributors who are not salaried and are not receiving class credit for their work. Rates range from level one (the equivalent of minimum wage) to level three and are assigned daily by the editor in chief for work published, based on the work's quality and complexity and the creator's experience. Salaried editors do not receive extra pay for work published, except in rare cases at the discretion of the editor in chief.

In order to receive pay for work published, students must be on student payroll, even if they are published only occasionally. Piece work pay will be calculated at the end of each bi-weekly pay period. There will be no retroactive pay for contributors who fail to fill out required paperwork.

Commission pay

The student advertising staff is paid commission on the basis of ads sold. The account representatives receive 15% commission on all sales when the client makes payment. Commission is 18% if the ad rep's quota is met during the period the ad ran, and 20% if the ad rep makes quota for three consecutive quota periods. No commission is paid on delinquent accounts.

The student advertising manager is paid 10% commission on national and Powerbuy ads and 5% commission on all sales made by ad reps.

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Robert Bohler, Student Publications Director       Bitsy Faulk, Business Manager     Jeanne Cain Pressler, Production Manager