“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Dear Future Editor in Chief,
First of all, let me welcome you to the top of the hierarchy of hard work. The Editor in Chief takes up a lot of your school and spare time, but you are lucky enough to have not only a grade 12 class, but also a grade 11 class to back you up through out the entire year. You will be the first to set the roles of the new ‘SPORTS MEDIA’ team. No pressure.
Let me warn you, this is no easy task, though at time I did take advantage of the job, hopefully you will not, this is an energy draining job. It takes dedication, passion, and support to pull this task off. Remember, just because you are the ‘Editor in Cheif’ it does not mean you are above any one else. You are all equals on this team. You will build bonds with people you would’ve never guessed would happen. You need to appreciate every signle human being who is putting their time and their effort into this book. Never ever, EVER, put anyone down for their ideas, everyone has a different intake and creative side to them, and sometimes it takes more than one person to make a page layout. Take in everyone’s input into consideration, majority of the time you will be surprised at how will things work out on their own.
Your team is your family. You have to love each one of them and understand that they also have their own lives going on. Most of the time working on the yearbook you will learn a lot of their lives. There has been tears, some of joy, others of sorrow, and you as a leader need to know how to handle situations like that. Remember you are not their boss, but a friend, and someone they look up too and trust. Do NOT take it for granted.
Being the Editor in Chief, you have to be a leader. You have to set the standards and expectations. At times when you feel like you want to give up, just remember you aren’t alone. You have a whole team behind you. A problem that I came to was that I was trying to do the book entirely by myself. Sometimes to be a good leader, you have to take a step back, breathe, and let the others take charge. It is a job that takes an extreme toll on your mental health. Don’t put the book before yourself. Remember that you are important. Rely on your team like they rely on you. By the end of the semester/year, they become like a family to you. You will get on each others nerves, and other times they will be the only ones who understand what you are going through. They will be there to support you and help in any way possible. Let the leaders of every section take on their part of the book.
Some sort of hierarchy will fall into place, you will see some people step up to the challenge, while some step back and get told what to do. People are natural-born leaders, and throughout this course you will see who is who. Give the leaders freedom and trust to be a leader. This year we had a hierarchy of;
Editor in Chief/ Secretary
Leader of journalism/ Leader of Photography/ Leader if Videography/ Leader of Layout and Edesign
Followers of each leader.
Good luck. I wish you the best. Remember you are not alone.