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 set the agenda at The Dallas Morning News by representing the sports department in daily "headline rodeo" pitch meetings and setting the rundown for the website's sports and news homepages.
I played assignment editor on college football Saturdays. It was my responsibility to ensure each and every facet of the game for the eight teams in the coverage area was accounted for, whether by a beat writer, columnist or a campus bloggers. If I saw a big play or an unusual circumstance that could draw an audience, I made sure somebody got it aggregated or brought up elsewhere in coverage.
On top of experimenting with new tools in the newsroom, I have often been responsible for teaching others how to use them. I have also set procedure for new facets of the job and showed others how to follow it. I have led in-person newsroom tutorials in both classroom and one-on-one settings. I also have written up instructions for new web-desk tasks and shared 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.