News Editors Seek to Better Existing Skills

These students are either the lead dudes, the behind-the-scenes guys, or the people who keep the publication running.

In a class of 10 students, advisor Dean Hume explains successful tips for news editors to adopt for their publications.

Up and coming editors spend the class period discussing effective staff management styles, financial operations, and leadership responsibilities. Leadership in journalism is versatile; it’s not all about directing the staff to produce quality work but also promote staff camaraderie and community involvement.

“This class is not the glamorous or sexy class,” said Hume. “It’s not the class where we can go on cool computers and work with inDesign. We don’t go out and find cool people in the community to interview. It’s the one where students do all the planning and organization in order for other people to do those things.”

An editor of the Bloomfield Hawkeye newspaper, Sarah Kovan reflects on one of the many important tips she has learned so far.

“One of the most importance things for a staff is making sure everyone feels comfortable and taking ownership. As an editor, you have to take ownership as a whole but you can’t take so much ownership that individual writers feel left out.”

Kovan, and the nine other students in the class, hope to leave this class with new ideas to bring back for their high school newspapers.

Instructor Dean Humes work with high school news editors to develop effective staff management skills and provide organization tips.

Instructor Dean Humes work with high school news editors to develop effective staff management skills and provide organization tips.

 

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