18 Struggles You’ll Never Understand Unless You’ve Been an Editor at a Uni Newspaper
You love it, but it’s an absolute nightmare.
1. Dragging your ass into the office only to see there are zero articles to edit.
2. Often having to write articles and put the paper together yourself with the other editors when people don’t show up.
3. And knowing you’re being annoying trying to recruit fellow students to write for you, but having no choice.
Or the editorial team will end up having to fill the entire paper themselves by the print deadline.
4. Reading an article that a contributor has submitted and finding it has no relation whatsoever to the topic you set.
5. And then seeing exactly the same article after you send it back with the edits you wanted them to make.
6. Not being able to read anything for fun without noticing the slightest misprint or grammar error.
7. Or worse, seeing the newspaper you work on in print and noticing the mistakes you all missed.
If they’re on the front page, you may never get over it.
8. Occasionally being presented with an article that is literally beyond saving.
9. But the deadline’s tomorrow, so you’re forced to rewrite the whole thing yourself.
10. Then having to face the fall-out when the author has a go at you for changing their article.
But you just want the paper to be the best it can be.
11. Not to mention the tension you have to deal with between your team and other student newspapers.
12. Always having the responsibility for coming up with new ideas and topics for people to write on.
And just pretending you know what you’re doing because it’s your job.
13. Trying to multitask editing, essaying and drinking.
And just being constantly somewhat stressed.
14. Having to see people leave the office while you’re still slogging away.
Plz come back
15. Trying to teach yourself InDesign and generally failing.
16. And when you actually figure things out and are on a roll, you can guarantee it’s going to fail you.
When Indesign crashes 🙃
— Scout Mitchell (@scout_mitchell) February 22, 2016
17. Having to find the energy to go on a social at the end of production week.
18. And just thinking to yourself, “all this free work will surely pay off after I graduate”.