Odyssey EIC Editing 101

Odyssey EIC Editing 101

Your go-to guide for editing as an Odyssey EIC.

Here's your go-to guide for Odyssey EIC editing:

What is your Editor Dashboard?

  • “Editor Dashboard” is where you go to find the articles of all of your Creators, including yourself, for that week. Each article will be labeled according to what stage of the editing process that has been completed.

  • Each Saturday/Sunday go into your Editor Dashboard and see who has submitted (Needs Edit) from your community.
  • Keep track of who your top creators are, who submitted, and who was just onboarded as a new creator.


  • Because the creator submitted (hopefully) before the start of the new posting cycle, you will need to go back a week in your dashboard to edit. Toggle the calendar arrow to the left one week.
  • Click on the headline of an article that ‘Needs Edit’. Once in the article, scroll down to the body of the piece. Is it a listicle? Is it a poem? Is it an article?
    • If it is a listicle:
      • Make sure there is a small intro paragraph written by the creator to introduce what the listicle is about (could be 2-3 sentences)
      • The numbered items are in Header 2. Highlight the text needed to be in Header 2, click on the Formatting button to the far left on the top of the editing box (next to HTML). Once in the formatting options, click Header 2. Do this for the remaining numbered items on the list.
      • If there are images/gifs in the listicle make sure they are centered and attributed.
    • If it is an article
      • Are there breaks in the wording? Too long of a paragraph can mean that a reader may feel too overwhelmed to reading it. Breaking it up makes it more appealing
      • Make sure that the first paragraph is packaged well. It is enticing, has an intriguing, relatable sentence, and will capture the attention of a reader.
  • Once the body of the piece is done, you will scroll down to the Headline, Sub-Headline, and Cover Photo. These are KEY to grabbing the attention of potential readers.
  • Headline
  • Make sure that each word in the Headline is capitalized. Also, if it is a listicle, then make sure that all numerical words are numbered in the headline (not written out).
    • The Subheadline is also important to grabbing the attention of the reader. It is a piece that gives a little bit of what the article is about, enough to tease the reader. Using a captivating pull-quote, funny blurb, or something of that variety is always best when including the subheadline. Sub-Headlines are always written like a sentence with the first letter of the first word capitalized and a period at the end.

  • You must think about why people share content. People generally do not read an article all the way through, they share based on the headline and the image, then will read the piece.
  • If the headline is vague — “An Open Letter To My Mom/Best Friend/Dog” — nobody will read that piece. Let’s look at the top trending articles on Odyssey when I’m writing this:
    • I'm A Woman And I'm Not With Her — NOT “An Open Letter To Hillary Clinton”
    • Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life — NOT “What My Grandma Means To Me”
    • The Coach That Killed My Passion — NOT “What It’s Like Having A Bad Coach”
    • Losing a Grandparent Changed My Life — NOT “What It’s Like Losing A Grandparent”
  • There is no ambiguity here. People will share these because they know what the articles are about and they want these messages on their Facebook or Twitter pages because they agree or strongly disagree with them. Be clear, be concise.
  • There is also an ego factor — people love sharing articles that show traits they want to embody themselves. Articles like “Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life” are viral because people want to be seen as the sort of person who loves their grandma, so they put it on their wall. Think about what your article will “say” about a person who shares it. The more people who can use an article to show off some positive trait about themselves
  • Images
    • Use Pexels, Pixabay, Wikimedia, Flickr creative commons, Unsplash, Stocksnap, Splitshire, StartupStockPhotos, or Public Domain Pictures to get ones we know we can use.
    • When choosing an image, do not use text-only images, do not use quotes on images, do not use pictures without people in them when at all possible.
    • Personal pictures are the best, if the quality is good.
    • Pictures with people in them are better than pictures without people.
    • Landscapes, sunsets, pictures of the ocean, etc., might be pretty, but they do not encourage people to click!
    • It is KEY to have each creator attribute their own photos. Google is not an attribution.
  • Tagging is a great way to gain engagement without doing much after your creator submits. Generally around 5-8 tags is optimal to be engaged with. Make sure they are a mix of specific and general things related to the article. When being searched in Odyssey and SEO they will be pulled.

  • Have your creators choose a segment for their pieces to further give the piece an identity. This can also help make the piece easily searchable and is good for SEO searching.
  • The metadata title and description are important for search engine optimization as well. Recommended is to use the same title and description as the Headline and Sub-headline.
  • The Publish & Share area is V important.

  • Always schedule it for that Monday morning (optimal times are 8-10am in your timezone). Or schedule it for the evening (4-8pm your time zone).
  • Make sure that all articles edited are scheduled to be posted on Monday’s date, and that the scheduled social media share is scheduled for Monday at the preferred time.
  • Social Media Brief
    • Should be the same concept as the subheadline. Should not say, “Check out my article!” or “Share my article." Always make sure that it is something enticing just like the headline, subheadline, and cover photo.
  • When you’re finished editing, select “Accept as EIC Edited.” The queue will automatically bring you to your next article.

***Don’t be afraid to reject a piece if these things are not completed by creators. The “Reject” button will mark the article as “Needs Revision.” Content Creators are sent an email notification on their article being rejected. As a rule of thumb, never reject an article without leaving comments for the content Creator. Beware to let the creator know the issues if not completed within 24 hours of rejecting (text/email them). And be aware when they are complete so that you may post their piece.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Confessions Of An Out Of State College Student

There is nothing wrong with calling your mom every day.


"I can't wait to get out of this state."

These were the words of an over-excited high school senior who swore she'd go far away for college and never look back. After having already received my acceptance letters to college, I began to create some pros and cons lists about each school. The first one off my list was the only in-state school to which I applied. After a while, I had it narrowed down to whether I wanted to be 11 hours away from home or 17. Fast forward to a year later when I realized being a lonely out-of-state Buckeye 11 hours away may have been the best decision I've ever made but also has some disadvantages.

1. I missed my parents.

At first, it may seem like getting away from your parents will be the best thing in the entire world. No rules, no helicoptering, and independence seemed like a breath of fresh air at first. However, there was a reality check when I realized that I was still a teenager and needed my parents. I missed coming home after school and having them ask about my day. I missed having my mom right there to hug me when times got tough and my dad talking to me about the Red Sox. I regretted taking for granted having them close and as a result, I called them every single day.

2. There are no places to get good cheese fries in Columbus.

This is self-explanatory. Do better, Columbus.

3. My hometown really isn't that boring.

As much as I complained while in high school about there being nothing to do, I missed what little there was to do while in college. Living on an island loses its charm after a while but once I was gone, I dreamed about being on the beach again. Of course, now that I'm home for summer it seems boring again. I just learned to appreciate it while I have it.

4. I got upset that I couldn't see my regular doctor and dentist.

As crazy as it seems, a real gush of homesickness took over me when people on my floor were going home on the weekends for doctor and dentist appointments. I would do anything to hear my dentist question my flossing abilities again, but the 11-hour car ride just wasn't a possibility. This also goes hand in hand with missing my parents. Making appointments for yourself is not a fun aspect of adulting. Not to mention, making an appointment at the student health center is an absolute pain in the ass.

5. I hate that all of the friends I made are in-staters.

As my Instagram feed flooded with photos of my college friends reuniting in Ohio, major FOMO hit. It's easy for everyone else to make a last minute weekend road trip to friends in different parts of the state...except me. If I was going back to Ohio, I would need a significant heads up and copious amounts of coffee to get me through the long drive. There is a silver lining, however. Reuniting with people from college really is that much more special when you haven't seen them in months.


It makes my ears bleed to hear people refer to sneakers as "tennis shoes," and soda as "pop." Where the heck are these people shopping that label the sneaker section with "Tennis Shoes?" I'm sorry, but no, you're wrong.

7. Therapy dogs are nowhere near as cute as my dog.

Finals season rolls around, and the one thing I was looking forward to was the emotional support dogs. Instead of calming my nerves for upcoming exams, they made me miss my Frito-smelling, bed-hogging, underwear-chewing pooch. It also doesn't help that my dog has an irrational fear of being on Facetime and refused to look at the camera every time I would attempt to talk to him.

8. No, I don't know what you're talking about.

It seems that everyone in Ohio knows about every little town, restaurant and road in the entire state. Don't give me a "poor you" face when you find out I've never had Skyline Chili or Graeter's Ice Cream. I don't even know where Columbus is located in the state let alone any of the suburbs located outside of Cleveland.

9. I don't have a southern accent.

I grew up in Pennsylvania. Just because I'm from South Carolina and occasionally use the word "Y'all" does not mean I have a southern accent.

10. I have no idea how to get an absentee ballot.

College is a popular time for people to figure out their beliefs individually from their parents. With new experiences and people, it came naturally to develop political ideas and start taking stances on certain controversial topics. When the time comes to exercise my suffrage that many people fought for me to have, I have absolutely no idea how to vote out-of-state. Whoops.

11. Yes, the weather sucks.

As I look down at my four pairs of socks tucked into my long underwear, I reminisce on the days of sunshine and gross humidity. When you live down south, your blood certainly thins, and cold weather is nearly unbearable. I had to buy a winter coat before college because I didn't own one. That should've been a red flag right there.

12. Going to school out-of-state is the best decision I've ever made.

With every complaint, there are a million more lovely things about going to college far away. I have made so many lifelong friends from all over the country that I wouldn't have if I stayed close to my routes. As much as I miss my parents, my dentist, the local restaurants and of course my dog, I could not ask for a better college experience. Being surrounded by Tigers, Cougars, and Gamecocks at home may be overwhelming sometimes, but I could not be more proud to be a Buckeye.

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