The Ultimate Guide To Being A Contributing Editor

The Ultimate Guide To Being A Contributing Editor

Step by step instructions to being a part of a thriving Odyssey community.
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The Contributing Editor is responsible for editing articles for grammar mistakes, packaging the piece correctly when it comes to its headline and cover photo, and helping the EIC manage the team throughout the week.

Thursday // Friday

Edit content

Objective: Give feedback to creators on their submissions, leaving comments where appropriate.

Resources:

Odyssey editing 101
Odyssey's Library Of Digital Media Resources



Reach out to Creators who you have not heard from.

Objective: After content has come in Wednesday by 5 p.m., make sure all Creators on your team have communicated to you or the EIC about the status of their submission.

Resource:Tracking doc




Sunday

Ask creators for next week’s pitch.

Objective: Hold creators accountable to submitting topic ideas to get inspiration and motivation going throughout the team.

Resources: Tracking doc

Resources: Google Trends



Monday

Follow up with creators who haven’t submitted ideas.

Objective: Be proactive so you or your EIC isn’t in a panic when you don’t see any content to edit by deadline

Resources: Tracking doc

Check in with EIC

Objective: Each week, make sure you check in with EIC about the team’s progress this week. Strategize for the upcoming week and make sure you both are on the same page about team challenges and strengths.


Tuesday

Reach out in group message and remind Creators about the Wednesday at 5 p.m. deadline.

Objective: It helps your EIC to also remind Creators to submit. Yes, the EIC will be reaching out as well, but you reaching out means there will be peer-to-peer accountability amongst the Creators on your team.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.
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It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"

Seriously.

3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.

6. "THE MODEL DORM IS A LIE!"

Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.

7. "THE FINANCIAL AID IS A LIE!"

You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

Cover Image Credit: Flickr

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