How Good Is Your Newspaper Story?
Writer's Name: __________________________ Date: ______________
Use this checklist to help you decide how good your
story is and how to improve it before handing it in to your editors.
If you can check each above item, you are ready to hand your article to your editors. Good for you :)
Personal Ergonomics Checklist
Did You Know? Sitting with your feet flat on the floor (or supported by a footrest) will help support your spine. Having your thighs parallel to the seat with knees bent at approximately a 90° angle, and having adequate clearance behind your knees, will keep the chair from interfering with the circulation to your legs (blood flowing to your feet is generally considered a healthy thing :)
Work surface / Keyboard Adjustment
Did You Know? Ideally, with your arms resting comfortably at your side, the home row of your keyboard (the row with letters a, s, d ...) should be at approximately elbow level.
Did You Know? Rectangular work surfaces often don't allow enough space for computers and related accessories. Keyboard trays or similar devices are one option to increase desk space. However, these devices can sometimes force you too far away from your primary work surface, force you to reach for your mouse or other accessories, or put your mouse at a higher level than the keyboard. All of these problems may cause pain or discomfort to arms and shoulders. They may also interfere with the thigh clearance under your work surface. Corner work surfaces are often preferable because they provide depth and, since they wrap around you, place your accessories closer to you.
As you changes tasks, remember to move primary materials/input
devices in front of you. If you must frequently look at reference
materials as you type you should consider using a document holder or slant
board. Either will help you keep your head aligned over your spine
and can prevent or relieve neck, shoulder and back discomfort. If
using a document holder, position it at the same height and distance as
Finally, develop good habits outside of work. While
you may not be able to adjust all the work surfaces at home, you may be
able to make minor adjustments that are significant to your body.
Good posture and good work habits are just as important outside of work,
whether you're typing on your home computer, doing chores around the house
or involved in special projects or hobbies.
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