Students find the transition from reporting to editing difficult

Megan Munger, Reporter

A reporter’s story appeared on the screen in front of online editor-in-chief Kyra Haas, looking completely different than what she was expecting. The story was far from complete and nowhere near post-worthy. That’s when she realized that her job had a lot more in store for her than what she had originally thought.

“There [were] no quotes and the first three sentences [were] fragments. Addressing that situation was interesting for me because [the reporter] thought that it was adequate to go up and it wasn’t,” Haas said. “That was a good learning experience for me because I wasn’t sure how to address it at first but, we did end up working it out.”

Often, editors don’t realize what they are getting into until something like Haas’ situation occurs. Being an editor is a lot different from being a reporter and the transition to being an editor can be difficult for some.

“The big thing is the shift of mindset. They have to go from a doer to a coach and that’s the biggest [and] the hardest thing. They are most likely an editor because they are really good at something but, their role isn’t doing it anymore. Instead, it’s training others to do it,” said Media Now STL Editorial Leadership Teacher, Mitch Eden. “Some of the mindset that I try to teach them is that you need to have a mindset built for other people and everything you do is about someone else. That concept is sometimes hard for a teenager when to them, it seems like life is all about them all of the time.”