Assignment editing

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)

Sessions, Cushing, Wade win Columbia school board seats

Columbia woman dedicated to educating black women about healthier living

With help of father, son revitalizes Wren family cobbling business

Gator fans bring Florida traditions to Columbia for Missouri football

‘Befitting’ service celebrates life of Almeta Crayton

MU’s Campus Writing Program adjusts to damaged Conley House

Task force seeks hard answers to tough questions

Contact me:

Email: allisonhinga@gmail.com

Twitter: @alliehinga

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