Editor for a day

12 Oct

The six Ws of journalism and police investigations: who, what, when, where, why, and how.  Part of article "What is Science?," on scitechlab.wordpress.com/.Picture : The six Ws of journalism and police investigations: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Part of article “What is Science?,” on scitechlab.wordpress.com/.

It’s week two already for the International Journalism course. Each day we begin with a ritual: the news meeting. All the students gather around George Matheson or Charlotte Barry, IJ and MBJ award leaders respectively. We suggest and describe events deemed newsworthy. The ideas end up on a white board where we prioritize them. Our running order is later compared to the BBC World service.

 After a week we were getting used to this system. However, on Tuesday George decides to break the routine: one student in each course is going to be the editor for todays news meeting. That was certainly unexpected. He starts to scan the room and I try to disappear. But before I can manage that, he points me out and hands me a white board marker. Oh dear.

So here I am, standing in front of my peers, pretending to be confident when I’m terrified. This reaction is absolutely ridiculous and is also getting old. Being an international news editor even for a short moment seems like a good opportunity right ? Besides, no one is going to eat me. In fact, the meeting is very civilized and everything is going well.  I don’t even have a chance to turn into an authoritarian crazy control freak. Maybe next time.


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