Wednesday, September 5, 2007
There's an old saying that goes something to the effect of walk in another person's shoes to get a better idea of what they face.
Guess you could say I'm doing that for the next two weeks filling in for Editor Bob Story while he is on vacation.
Before Bob left I had something of a crash course in the day-to-day routine of an editor's life here at the Daily Sun News last week.
The experience is already teaching me why we do things the way we do. Editorial and entertainment new deadlines, for example, are due the afternoon before publication. I found out why that is in watching Bob set up items for the entertainment page last week.
I'm also learning first-hand the behind the scenes work that goes into editing for a daily-such as processing through news briefs and news assignments-while at the same time covering my regular news beats.
This experience makes it hit home even more how all of us at the Daily Sun News are interdependent. From the front office staff, to production, news, printing and circulation, we all need each other in getting out your paper every day.
There were opportunities to edit here and there in the past, but this will be my most extensive experience to date.
Life is busy trying to fill Bob's shoes, but with all of us working together things seem to be percolating along so far.
At times, I've thought I'd like to do more editing at some point in the future. Guess walking in someone else's shoes for the next two weeks will help me know for sure.