For two weeks our editor was on a much-needed vacation, and for those two weeks I served in his stead.
I knew it wouldn't be easy to get up early in the morning...I openly advertise I am not a morning person. I knew the hours would be long.
I also knew the adventure was one I was eager to experience.
What made it all a great learning experience was the support of the staff at the Daily Sun News.
I would arrive early to make sure the little details were covered. I would seek out story ideas from among the mail, faxes and email that were submitted.
The days were filled with proofreading and typing, scheduling and talking with the staff about the pages to be published.
It was a good experience because everyone was supportive, working together to produce a newspaper that would provide readers with stories they wanted to read.
Because it is election season, there were a significant number of letters to the editor. It is nice to read different viewpoints on the issues that concern the community. In my role as editor, I had the honor of ensuring the thoughts of those who had submitted the letters made it into the paper. Some of those thoughts filled entire pages.
Also, I always knew our editor put in long hours of hard work. I have always appreciated him for his dedication. Experiencing some of what he contributes to the team made me appreciate him even more. Experiencing those long hours was, at times, exhausting...although the days seemed to fly by.
Some may think being an editor is easy, but it really isn't. The days are very full and demanding. However, the challenges were enjoyable.
I believe in hard work and integrity, and it is my hope these values shone in the product that was delivered to readers for the two weeks I stood in as editor.
For now, I am pleased to return to my role as reporter because I know I still have much to learn in spite of all that may have been accomplished during my brief time in that chair.