About Scriptoria and hanksmedia.com

What's the publication's mission?
Since 1981, Scriptoriahas been the voice of the students at Hanks High School.  It is the hope of the magazine that the content be newsworthy, well-written, and visually appealing to those who support the printing of the publication.  Scriptoria went through a complete redesign in 2009.  Prior to 2009, Scriptoria was delivered in a newspaper format.  After its redesign, the articles that appear in Scriptoria Magazine are in-depth, feature articles that cover subjects that are important to the Hanks community.In 2009, hanksmedia.com, the online version of Scriptoria, was launched.  Hanks High School was the first school in West Texas to successfully integrate print and online journalism.  The online magazine has roughly 1,500 unique visitors each week to the site.  Furthermore, the publications department at Hanks has successfully integrated broadcast with the online content.  We are certainly the first high school in the area to offer a true convergence media — the merging of print, online, broadcast, radio (someday) — curriculum.Whether reporting on students and their achievements, or stories that affect the community, the magazine presents the campus not as an isolated entity, but as a place engaged with the weighty issues of the day—social, political, educational.

How often does the magazine appear?
The magazine is published six times a year in accordance with the Ysleta Independent School District Academic Calendar.

How many staff members work on the magazine?
The adviser of the publication, Alex Navarro, has overall responsibility for editorial direction and content. Editor in chief Kristian Garcia oversees the print magazine’s day-to-day operations, manages staff writers, edits features assignments, and serves as the lead layout editor.  Editor in chief Norma Perea oversees the online magazine's day-to-day operations, manages staff writers, and edits online assignments.  Section editors Steve Rojo (entertainment), Amanda Gutierrez (news), Karina Soto (features), and Amanda Urquidi (opinion) are responsible for much of the staff writing, including print and online publication.  Layout editors Isaac Lara and Jorge Sandoval are responsible for much of the layouts that appear in Scriptoria.Much of the print and online publication's photography comes through photo editor Jeff "Vegas" Arrellano (athletics) and assistant photo editor Michaela Roman (academics).  The magazine is designed by the students and printed by Quality Graphics under the direction of Bruce Youngs.Visit the Staff page for contact information.

Do students have any role in the magazine?
Yes; Hanks students are the ones who do all the work. They handle the reporting of campus events, perform research for stories, submit photographs, help with copyediting, proofreading, layout and design, and update the online magazine daily.

Receiving the Magazine

How do I sign up to receive Scriptoria Magazine, the print edition?
Scriptoria is sent to all financial contributors of the magazine. All members of the Hanks community — faculty, staff, students — receive it during the academic year.  Scriptoria's Top Twenty Seniorsis delivered exclusively to seniors during graduation rehearsal.To raise money for the program, a subscription service is available at $10 per year.You may mail us a check to Alex Navarro, C/O Scriptoria, J.M. Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino, El Paso, TX, 79936.  Make checks payable to Hanks High School #613.  You also can contact Hanks Media at (915) 434-5275 to schedule a payment.

Where do I send a change of address?

You can update your mailing address online here.

Advertising in the Magazine

Does the magazine accept advertising?
Yes, the print and online magazine carries display advertising. Space reservations are six weeks prior to print publication. Camera-ready art is due one week after. Frequency advertisers receive a discounted rate.For information on advertising rates, deadlines, circulation, and mechanical requirements, Scriptoria Rate Sheet, or contact the advertising department at: email: anavarro1@yisd.net; or phone: (915) 434-5081.


How do I get my comments published on any article?
Each article published has a "Speak Your Mind" comments section that follows.  Readers are encouraged to leave comments, whether you agree or disagree with the article.  Our staff writers eagerly await comments and are more than happy to reply.  The comment is reviewed prior to approval.  If a comment is considered lewd or derogatory in nature, it will not be published.

Contents of the Magazine

How do you select story ideas for the magazine?
Ideas come from a great variety of sources. Because the magazine is interested in addressing the issues of the day in the context of the campus, many ideas come from the general-interest and higher-education press. Others come from meetings with editorial staff.  Continuing interaction with campus administrators, faculty members, and students; and the editors' general sense of the intellectual currents of the campus.

How do I submit a letter to the editor?
You can submit a letter to the editor via our Contact Us form or by e-mail to adviser@hanksmedia.com. Letters to the editor for publication should be no more than 300 words. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.

I have an idea that I think is publication-worthy. Should I submit the idea with you?
Absolutely!  The Contact Us page was specifically established with you in mind.  The message should include your contact information so we can follow up with you and anyone else involved with the story idea. Our feature articles range from 600 to 1,500 words. We encourage ideas for profiles, for issue-oriented stories that draw on campus expertise, or for other pieces that conform to the magazine's editorial mission.
Have a question not covered here? E-mail us at adviser@hanksmedia.com

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