By Jonathan Black
“We had a creepy photographer boy. We called him that because he was creepy.”
And just like that my first session at the conference began. It was “Editor Therapy” led by Kenna Griffin, adviser of Oklahoma City University’s student newspaper, The Campus.
As my tenure as editor is rapidly ending, I’ve been looking back at time considering what I could have done better. This session was great, to review what I’ve done poorly and what I’ve done well. Plus, it’s always refreshing to see how many of the same problems fellow editors face at different news organizations.
Some of Griffin’s points were:
1) Set policy
The Pendulum has a student handbook.
Section editors have communicated pretty well in the past year, but it can always be better.
3) Document everything
This was something I needed to improve on.
Almost everyone on staff, including myself, is quick to move past an argument and continue forward.
Griffin left some impactful words that if you aren’t making mistakes, you’re not challenging yourself.