by Celina Simmons
When trying to think of what to write about for this issue’s “From the Desk,” something dawned on me. If the column is called From the Desk of the Managing Editor, why don’t I talk about what it’s actually like sitting at the desk of the managing editor?
This is my second year in this position and one of the biggest things that has impacted my workflow is organization. I’ve never accredited myself as an organized person. In fact, I leaned more towards an “organized chaos.” When the workload poured in, the chaos had to go.
The managing editor is responsible for organizing the Content Meetings, communicating with writers and designers, gathering content for each issue, and many little things to remember in between. You have to keep in mind who is writing what, which articles need pictures, and which sections still need content before the final paper is laid out.
I’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard work. But the hard work pays off in so many ways. When you’re a facilitator at a meeting, you need to be confident. A facilitator runs the meeting and assigns roles for people to take on after. This is something I continue to work on because you never want to be the bad guy and force someone to do what is supposed to be voluntary work. However, the show must go on and it can’t without content.
After the first few issues, you start to get the hang of it. I feel more confident than I did before, more organized, and above all, proud of how far we have come. The Beacon is a huge part of my life now and I will miss it as I move forward in my career after graduation.