I have leadership experience as the managing editor of my campus newspaper The Sower, the president of Concordia’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society, and the editor of campus publications.
Managing editor, The Sower, Concordia University, Nebraska—April 2016 to May 2017
I oversaw a staff of 45 employees, including 10 managers and editors of sections of the newspaper who reported to me. I led biweekly meetings to assign stories, address any issues, and check in with staff members individually. I met regularly with our faculty adviser and discussed planning, hiring, budgets, and day-to-day operations. I made hiring decisions and played a close role in training new reporters and staff members. I also maintained our office space to make sure it was a workspace conducive to collaboration and work.
Chapter president of Sigma Tau Delta, Concordia University, Nebraska—February 2015 to May 2017
When I raised my hand at a Sigma Tau meeting and ran for president, I did not imagine how much I would put into and get out of this job. For two years I worked with our adviser and our members to expand membership from three returning members in August 2015 to 13 members by May 2017. I also pushed to expand our visibility on campus through social media and spreading the word about our neat activities as well as promoting Sigma Tau’s interests, literature and writing. I organized meetings and activities for Sigma Tau, wrote agendas for meetings along with my vice president, and made sure everyone in Sigma Tau was on board with decisions we made.
Co-editor, Potpourri, Concordia University, Nebraska—November 2015 to May 2017
Since I did of many of the editorial duties in publishing Potpourri in 2015, I prepared the Potpourri 2016 editors for the publication process before I left to study abroad and continued to communicate and assist with the publication process remotely. I ended up leading the publication process from abroad and communicating with editors, writers, and artists while studying abroad. In spring 2017, I was the managing editor of Potpourri 2017 and taught gave other Sigma Tau Delta members the opportunity to copy edit and design the journal under my supervision.
Copy editor, The Sower, Concordia University, Nebraska—April 2015 to April 2016
I was one of three copy editors for The Sower, our campus newspaper, but since I had trained with The Sower‘s previous copy editor, had experience as a copy editor, and took a Journalistic Editing class that taught me the nitty gritty details of AP style, I was functionally the chief copy editor. I trained our other two copy editors at the beginning of the school year and I reviewed their edits before posting the stories online or sending them on to our layout editor. I developed and implemented new procedures of giving our writers better feedback on their stories so they understood why we made the edits we made and worked with my fellow copy editors to improve the process. This process continued into the 2016-2017 school year.