Former Editor and Writer/Personal Assistant at Ted Hanks
about 2 years ago
There are both upsides and downsides to working as an editor/writer and personal assistant, just as there are with any job. I really enjoyed hearing and then transcribing the countless stories Ted told. It has always amazed me just how much the human mind can store and getting to daily work with and hear about the past was truly a treat. Some things that were hard were learning to work with and organize the scattered thoughts of this older man. It was really tough to balance the requests he had with the organization and layout that I knew this story needed. Working through this was hard at first but became an important part of the position later on.
The positives and negatives of being an editor go hand in hand. While it is definitely gratifying to fulfill such an important role and to see an issue come together, it is just as frustrating to get to that point sometimes. In essence, your job as an editor is to help organize an issue, assist the writers in whatever faculty possible, and to put it all together. Just as in any team effort, there will be differences of opinion and difficulty in getting all submissions in at the proper time in the proper condition. Arguably, however, these difficulties only serve to accentuate the meanwhile aspects of the position.
I liked most things about being an editor! Laying out a page of a newspaper is an extremely rewarding creative process that allows you to use both technique and artistic vision. I really enjoyed learning how to create a page layout that would draw the reader in and keep them reading, there are so many things to be considered and it was an exciting challenge to find the right balance every week. What I liked least about being an editor was having to settle creative disputes. Though it wasn’t often, there were times that my peers or professor were not completely on board with a creative decision of mine. I would say it was a challenge to work through these disagreements, but certainly resulted in a better, more successful page layout. Having multiple eyes and brains helps in any creative process, but especially so in journalism. Asking for feedback is always a good idea.