Back in the Newsroom

I’ve been out of professional journalism for almost five years. So imagine my joy when my old daily let it be known that they were in need of some emergency copy editing for a weekend shift.

I spent eight hours last night back in a newsroom, proofreading stories, trimming them to fit the space on the page, crafting headlines and fixing photo captions. I also got to be one of the folks who had a minor say in the story mix: what went on the front page and the front of the Metro Section.

It was a blast. A lot of it is considered drudgery and I enjoyed every minute of it. And it’s really encouraging to know those old skills hadn’t atrophied.

I’m going to let them know I can pick up some other shifts as needed. Why? Because one of the best ways to stay sharp as a writer is to edit other writers.

They were more than grateful for the help But I wasn’t performing a mitzvah. I was getting a much-needed refresher course. I’m the one who’s grateful.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 20, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Back in the Newsroom.

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