The past few weeks have been some of the most stressful I have ever had.
I always thought I knew how much went into being the Editor-in-Chief for a student publication, but I don’t think it’s possible to comprehend just how much goes into it until you’re in the middle of it. And trust me, it’s a lot.
Every night, Sunday through Thursday, my staff and I are here in Buzzard 1811 creating a newspaper. We’re covering events, we’re taking photos, we’re designing stories, we’re finding ways to make out content more friendly.
So much goes into the process of making a newspaper and it’s something we all love, but it can be difficult.
My first night as the Editor of The Daily Eastern News, I was here until 4 a.m. waiting for the paper to print due to press issues. Come the next morning, I had to take the EIC hat off and start my first day of classes.
However, I didn’t realize how little I would be able to do that. Most days I’m struggling to find a balance between something I love dearly and the classes that I have to take to get the degree I need to make my passion my career.
I thought being the Editor would allow me more time to work with for balancing the two with all of the editors on my staff handling the day-to-day work, but boy was I wrong.
Working for the newspaper isn’t easy at any level.
When you’re new it takes a little bit to get used to the atmosphere, when you’ve been here for awhile you start wanting to take on bigger and harder stories, when you’re an editor you’re making decisions for an entire section of the newspaper and managing a staff of people with varying degrees of experience and when you’re the Editor-in-Chief, you are responsible for every section.
For that period of time, the newspaper’s success is entirely yours and your responsibility. In my case, I’m making tough choices to keep a nearly 106-year-old paper running while also having the responsibility of being a full-time student in my last semesters of college.
But, at the end of the day, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
I love the work I do, I know it’s going to be the most important part of my college life and I couldn’t imagine myself loving something as much as I have loved my experience at The News.
But now, let’s get to the reason I’m getting on my soapbox.
My staff is made of some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. They are full of wonderful ideas and want to make this newspaper the best it can be.
I will stand by them through every mistake and slip-up because I know with each one they are learning and taking notes to make this newspaper is even better.
Corryn Brock is a senior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].