Editor-In-Chief at The Observer at Augustana College
about 2 years ago
If you want a job that you can clock in and clock out on a set schedule then this isn't the job for you. As Editor-in-Chief, I would be in charge of a news room filled with reporters, editors, photographers and designers. I filled all of these positions at any given moment, writing a story and then editing it as well as sending it to get published all in the same day. People look at the Editor in Chief as the person with the answers, but you need to work as a team player to have a good rhythm of the people around you to have a successful paper. The news stops for no one, so we as the paper would continue to cover events whenever they occurred no matter what time it was. I loved the rush I would get when working on a story, and I tried to instill the same passion for journalism to the other reporters so that they could take on the position one day.
Receiving manuscripts, finding the appropriate reviewer, setting a timeline for review and processing, including feedback from reviewer and adjustment from authors are part of the work life of an editor in chief.