I realized as my exams are coming up this week: it’s a third of the way through the semester.
(Insert the expletive of your choice here.)
Starting out, a semester seemed like so long to accomplish what I and the other editors wanted for the paper.
Now, looking back on the first four weeks, I’m starting to feel panicked.
I’ve just figured out payroll and how to get people paid — even our business manager noted that my payroll Excel spreadsheet looked better this pay period. I’m working on a new budget that meets our needs. We’re still trying to get a CMS. I’m still frantically trying to get people to take their press pass photos and give me two forms of ID for paperwork. Copy editors still need to get their names listed on the masthead — if any of you read this, I promise I’m sending out the e-mail tonight.
I don’t really realize how little time we have with the Alligator until I see it all slipping by. Suddenly, it’s hitting me that I need to start checking things off my to-do list on a regular basis if I want this semester to have lasting impact.
Here’s that list:
- Have a full staff of reporters.
- Have a workable budget.
- Submit stories, photos and special projects for awards.
- Get ALL the paperwork in.
- Figure out why the papers have been so small lately.
- Do a headline workshop with copy editors.
- Ask section editors about their goals for the rest of the semester.
- Start the “Best of the Week” wall and recognition for writers with the highest inch counts.
I’m learning to appreciate the accomplishments along the way, too — like reading great in-depth stories that choke me up during editing, watching freelance reporting students improve by leaps and bounds or painting the aggressively rust-colored editor’s office a calming blue.
I’ve got my calendar and to-dos in hand, but I’m enjoying every second of my work.