Blog: Communication is key
In last week’s blog, we discussed how we we were getting organized and finally getting into the groove of our positions as editors-in-chief. I’ve found that by becoming more organized, I am able to stay on top of my personal tasks and have time to do more checking up on other staff members. Talking with staff members about their work and how they are doing is more important than almost anything else when it comes to producing a publication; communication is absolutely crucial between all staff members. Hypothetically, if I never got out of my seat to talk to a quiet reporter who has a difficult time asking for help in the first row, I would never know if they are having trouble getting a story done. And if that were to happen, it would be bad. I am looking forward to next issue and hope that our improving communication skills as a staff are showcased in it.
As the year progresses, our communication skills are also progressing as well. I can’t emphasize how important it is that there is good communication among staff members. It can truly make or break an issue. I’ve also noticed that the staff members have been developing their skills as well, they’re not as hesitant to ask us for help or advice on their page or story. We’ve also started to check on the progression of the staff members during class. I think this helps to manage everyone’s pages so there aren’t any unnecessary repetitive elements in the issue. As the staff continues to get to know one another, I think communication skills will also increase.
I’ve always scoffed at the phrase “communication is key.” It was only until recently that I realized how true it really is. Finishing the first issue was just crazy; there’s no other word to describe it. But the second time around, communication between editors and staffers has been the most important aspect. Austin, Kristina and I had to make sure all of the section editors were keeping track of their pages, as well as oversee the individual responsibilities of the rest of the staff. But after taking a step back, we realized how important it was to make sure we weren’t taking over other people’s responsibilities. A change that may seem justified in our mind, if not properly communicated or discussed, could seem unwarranted to another staff member. So for the future, I truly think we have realized how essential it is that nobody is left in the dark. We want all of the JagWire staff members to have their voices heard, whether through the paper or everyday discussions in the journalism room.