I wasn't trained for this.
In fact, I only ever took one newspaper class in college and it wasn't a pure newspaper class, it was for print, broadcast and radio. This way the students had a tiny bit of training for whatever came their way. Although I excelled in the class, I was a broadcast major. I wanted to be the next Erin Andrews on ESPN.
I was the 'sports girl'.
At UCO, the print kids and the broadcast kids share a newsroom. To this day I am still friends with some fantastic writers. They are so good that I'm always terrified that they'll read something I write and nitpick it, even though they aren't that kind of people.
Print media is dying. It's been dying since the invention of television and the invention of the internet. It's a slow and painful death, especially to those who love it and who look forward to their papers.
But here in the corner of the state, print is still relevant. Parents and grandparents want to see their children performing in plays and playing sports. Bowling leagues want to see their standings. People want to read columns. People want to know more about the pizza joint going in down the street.
I understand all of that.
But most importantly I understand the concept of newsworthiness. In college we had the concept of newsworthiness drilled into our heads. It simply means to put the most relevant to the most people on the front page. Each story has to be ranked by it's newsworthiness.
For example, a story about Nanna's award winning pie is great and fun to write, but it isn't as important as a legislative story about higher taxes that will change our everyday life.
There has been a learning curve in covering news as opposed to my passion, sports, but I am getting there. No, I wasn't trained for this job as managing editor, but I am a quick learner and am committed to this community and this paper.