I have made the most of opportunities to lead others in my newsrooms. I've helped determine the news priorities for the day, assign stories and projects across my department and instruct co-workers on how to use new technologies or undertake new procedures, whether in written word or in person.
At the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I filled in as wire editor and night news editor. As the wire desk lead, it was my responsibility to sift through the hundreds of stories available through our wire services, determine what should be our priorities and argue for their inclusion at 1A meetings. In the role of night news editor, I was responsible for assigning stories to copy editors, resolving issues between the copy and design desks, and ensuring pages reached the pressroom on time.
I still get to set the agenda at The Dallas Morning News by representing the sports department in our daily "headline rodeo" pitch meeting and setting the rundown for our website's sports and news homepages.
I get to play assignment editor on college football Saturdays. It is my responsibility to ensure that we account for each and every facet of the game for the eight teams we cover, whether by a beat writer, columnist or a member of our small army of campus bloggers. If I see a big play or an unusual circumstance that could draw an audience, I make sure somebody gets it aggregated or brought up elsewhere in our coverage.
On top of experimenting with new tools in the newsroom, I am often responsible for teaching others how to use them. I also set procedure for new facets of the job and show others how to follow it. I have led in-person newsroom tutorials in both classroom and one-on-one settings. I also write up instructions for new web-desk tasks and share protips with writers on more effective ways to write web headlines or engage their audience.
The subjects I have taught range from beginning and intermediate Photoshop and GIF making to using a new content management system.