A Day in the Life of a Makeshift Editor

Michigan / Oct. 1, 2012 / by Amy
A Day in the Life of a Makeshift Editor

As you may have guessed, living on a bus and traveling around the country means that every day this year has been different. Whether we’re traveling to film a story or to get to another campground, flexibility is the name of the game.

There are certain things that are constants for me throughout these many changes, however. From emailing to proofreading to keeping the website up to date, there is always something to be done. 

My main daily duty is to make sure the website is up to date, which means proofreading everyone’s posts and then uploading them each day. This can vary from being very simple to being a little trickier if we’re in an area where my phone decides it doesn’t want to connect to the internet. 

But basically, I have to be on the ball enough every day to make sure that I’m posting everyone’s latest blog posts. This also means that I have to make sure they’ve been written and uploaded in time for me to proofread. I also have to write my own blogposts, which I’m sure you’re ever so grateful about. 

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, my daily duties also consist of contacting the local media for the places we’re about to visit. This might sound thrilling but it has now become more of a routine procedure. It’s part of trying to get ourselves noticed and get the word out about the stories we’re covering and sometimes works better than others. 

PR person I am not. But that’s one of the things about this year on the bus, it’s thrown me into doing things I would have been scared to do a year ago. Now, I throw myself into them body and soul and push myself harder than might be healthy for my sanity. 

I also spend a little time each day transcribing the story interviews ready for the quotations to go in the article. My process might be a little more time-consuming than it need be but I’ve found that it really helps me understand the organization and the story better if I transcribe the whole interview rather than finding just the soundbites. 

So on an average day, if you came on the bus, you’d probably find me writing, proofreading, emailing, and stressing about getting the word out to as many people as I can.