This page is intended to be a place for current writers and photographers of The Criterion to find the relevant information in order to be a successful journalist. Students interested in joining the staff are encouraged to look through this page as well. If you are not one of these parties and are hoping to contact the staff about a different issue, please click here.

Spring 2018 Meeting Dates

January 15, 2018 8:00 p.m.
January 22, 2018 8:00 p.m.
January 29, 2018 8:00 p.m.
February 5, 2018 8:00 p.m.
February 12, 2018 8:00 p.m.
February 19, 2018 8:00 p.m.
February 26, 2018 8:00 p.m.
March 5, 2018 8:00 p.m.
March 19, 2018 8:00 p.m.
March 26, 2018 8:00 p.m.
 April 2, 2018 8:00 p.m.
 April 9, 2018 8:00 p.m.
 April 16, 2018 8:00 p.m.
 April 23, 2018 8:00 p.m.
 April 30, 2018 8:00 p.m.


How Do I Join? Do I Need To Apply?

Any and all current Colorado Mesa University students are welcome to join The Criterion staff, whether that be writing stories or taking photos. Unless you are applying to be an editor or another paid position, you don’t need to apply. Those positions are open at the end of the academic year and should be filled before the following fall semester. To be a writer or photographer all you need to do is attend a meeting and volunteer for or be assigned a story. Note: those first stories are like an interview process, your ability to turn in articles on time and be open to constructive criticism will dictate whether you remain on staff.

Where Are Meetings?

Meetings are held almost every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Check the meeting calendar to the left. If a meeting is canceled, we’ll do our best to make sure it is reflected there.

How Do Meetings Work?

First off, come to the second floor of the University Center, room 211, at 8:00 p.m. on the meeting date seen to the left. Try to make it on time as stories are snatched up pretty quickly. If you’re new, don’t be shy and volunteer for a story if you think you might be interested, there aren’t too many to go around. Once the editors get to know you, they will be able to start assigning you the exciting stories you’re perfect for.

Important Contacts

The Criterion Staff

The Criterion editors’, staff and advisors’ information is readily available on this page. Find the relevant staff member and contact them via email. If you attended a meeting, you likely have the editor’s phone number, contact them there if a call/text is warranted.

Grand Junction Police Department

Sometimes, you may need to contact the Grand Junction Police Department’s media representative. Be sure to speak to your editor if you have not done this before.

GJPD Public Information Coordinator: Heidi Davidson



CMU Administrative and Academic Departments

A story may require contacting a specific department. Their information is available here.

CMU Faculty and Staff

Need a specific staff or faculty member at the university? You can search for them here. If you have a question for a CMU mass communication faculty member, click here for their contact information.

The Criterion Bible

A handbook written by current and former Criterion editors, with resources from The New York Times and a compendium of contacts and concepts for the newest writer to the rusty editor. Give it a read before you attend a meeting or submit a writing or photography assignment. The Criterion Bible - Writers

Helpful Links

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics

The guiding document by which the journalists’ of this country and student newspaper adhere to. Be sure to read and understand this document before you write for The Criterion.

The Associated Press Stylebook

Most newspapers in the U.S. follow AP style, a rulebook to follow when writing. This mostly concerns when and how to abbreviate, correct spelling and when to use the Oxford Comma (Spoiler: it’s pretty much never). The Stylebook, whether in print or online, costs some money. But, if you’re interested in a career in journalism, a mass communication major or would like to consistently write for The Criterion, it’s a wise purchase. In the meantime, cheatsheets like this one are available across the web and in The Criterion Bible.