The Challenges of Being Editor-In-Chief

IMG_4973Mikayla’s head pounded with the lists upon lists of tasks she had to complete. She was in charge. The weight of the staff was riding on her back. They had a problem, they came to her. They needed something, they asked her. It was on her to guide them, lead them. She’s the Editor-In-Chief.

Mikayla Minnick, a Liberty High School senior and the Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook, faced all the challenges of being an editor of an award winning publication. Minnick received overwhelming yet exciting news that she would be the head of the staff as a junior.

“I was planning to just be a normal staff member,” Minnick said, “I never really thought I’d be in charge, especially not that early on. It was kind of a shock, but it was a good thing I guess because I love it.”

Editorial Leadership adviser, Mitch Eden, had insight about helping shape young, new editors into great ones.

“Anytime you’re put into a new role you have to figure out what it’s like. The best advice I can give is to just start,” Eden said. “Throw yourself into it. You’re gonna mess up. You can’t act like you’re flawless; let your staff know that you’re going to make mistakes too.”

Though the news came as a shock, Minnick took it with stride as an opportunity to grow.

“It’s helped me a lot leadership wise. I’ve learned a lot about how to lead other people and even myself. I’ve learned about design, writing and the journalism world, it’s really different than people think,” she said.

Not only was Minnick inspired by the overwhelming knowledge she gained, but by the editor her sophomore year. The thought of applying for such an important position had not yet crossed young Minnick’s mind until she was encouraged to do so.

“The editor my sophomore year really pushed me and she helped me grow so much, she taught me more than I ever thought I would learn.” Minnick said.

When her sophomore year ended and the staff that consisted mainly of seniors graduated, Minnick was left with four returners and more than twenty newbies to train. It was her time to step up and take charge but there were countless challenges in her way.

“When I started my junior year I was so new and such a rookie,” Mikayla said. “Sometimes it can be really rough during deadlines, especially when your staff is brand new, but we made an incredible book with such a new staff. Though sometimes it seemed impossible, I literally thought we weren’t going to have a yearbook this year, it is just so rewarding. Even though there are hard bumps, it’s definitely worth it.”