A Day In The Life Of An Editor-In-Chief

ALASKA, CP Army Hub Headquarters – The CP Army Hub Staff Team has now reached a little bit over 100 members. Ranging from Chief Executive Officers to Reporter Trainees to the Judges, every single member is crucial to have the CP Army Hub run smoothly.

While the staff members may know the responsibilities of each of these roles, the army community may not so let’s take a look at what an Editor-In-Chief is and what they do!

What is an Editor-In-Chief?

An Editor-In-Chief, or EIC, is part of the team that is sending out all of those CP Army Hub pings that you know and love! From the viewpoint of an army community member, that may be all you see. However, there is a lot that an Editor-In-Chief does in the background to get those posts out. It all starts when news breaks out in the community…

While reporters may suggest posts, it is part of an Editor-In-Chief’s responsibility to make sure all news is getting reported on in a timely matter. That includes finding active topics to write about, assigning topics to Reporters and Trainees, assist them with their questions, and one of their most important jobs: Editing.

What does an Editor-In-Chief daily?

Personally, as a CP Army Hub Editor-In-Chief, my day is often filled with editing posts, answering questions, and keeping myself updated with the latest news.

I usually start my day catching up on what occurred while I was asleep and I will often check up to see if there are any new posts or any posts that were assigned to reporters. After seeing what I missed in the time I was gone, I write up reminders for posts and columns that are due soon:

Tuesday, September 8th reminders.

Throughout the day, I and the other Reporting Heads watch our channels for suggestions and we often determine which suggestions should be written about. Upon receiving a potential topic, one of us will enter it into our ‘Active Topics‘ channel and find a reporter to assign it to. Once assigned to a reporter, we will provide them a possible outline, as well as a due date and time. Often, posts are due in less than 12 hours, but this is a case by case scenario. Some posts, such as editorials can take up to a few days, while urgent or breaking news must be out within a few hours.

In addition to this, Editor-In-Chief’s have their own posts to worry about! I hold a weekly column on Wednesdays, titled What Would YOU Do. In addition to this awesome column, I often pick up other posts as needed, and usually, they are more difficult posts that we refrain from letting Reporters cover.

To continue, sometimes I work on posts with different reporters or trainees, such as the Tamales defacement and shut down post, which I covered the other day with one of our Reporters, Rosie. Since there was a lot of content and the post needed to be out quickly, I had Rosie work on it with me. We split up the work and checked over each other’s sections to make sure there were not any mistakes.

Outline and Roles for Tamales post done with Rosie

Editing is a huge part of an Editor-In-Chief’s jobs. Once a Reporter or Reporter Trainee has completed their post, they must reach out to one of our Reporting Heads for editing! Every single post that goes out is edited, even Reporting Heads sometimes will have their posts edited by either another Reporting Head or a member of Administration.

Editing can sometimes be a tedious process as multiple factors come into play when perfecting a post; such as making sure there are tags added, fixing grammar and sentence structure to ensure the post flows well, as well as confirming the content is accurate. Another important aspect of editing it the Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. The SEO is used to determine the quality of website traffic to a certain site or post on a site by using a keyphrase and snippet. Making sure that this is done is very important as it increases the likelihood of the post coming up in a Google search result.

SEO Editor

Of course, not every post will be perfect, as mistakes happen and things are missed. Although, the Reporting Heads are well trained in spotting mistakes and know exactly how to fix them, which is why every post is edited before being posted.

In addition to reporting and editing, an Editor-In-Chief is also responsible for keeping the Reporting Mastersheet up to date! Every few days, I will go in and enter in post counts and scores for each reporter and reporting head:

Reporting Head’s post count.

From assisting with editing to answering the Reporter’s questions, an Editor-In-Chief is certainly a difficult but rewarding position. Not only does one assist heavily in the distribution of news, but they also work closely with the other Reporting Heads in order to ensure everything is being run smoothly.

What do YOU think? Is an Editor-In-Chief position an interesting position? Would you like to one day become one? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Sarahah

CP Army Hub Editor-In-Chief

One Response

  1. Great post Sarahah! And you finished this post so quickly too!

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