Between August 2013 and May 2014, I worked as an assistant city editor for the Columbia Missourian. In the position, I spent two days each week, either a day shift or a night shift, helping general assignment reporters shape their stories for publication. I also spent a few hours a week working with reporters on specific beats — community reporters in the fall and education reporters in the spring.
My job came with several responsibilities, including coaching reporters; editing articles for content, flow, accuracy, grammar and style; assigning daily stories; monitoring for breaking news coverage and managing the workflow of the newsroom. While helping beginning reporters reach their potential, I also honed my own skills as a journalist and grappled with my professional ethics as they apply to the newsroom as a whole.
Here are some of the stories I oversaw or helped edit during my time as an assistant city editor:
SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Joseph Toepke discusses district planning, supporting students (one of four stories)