The role of a Managing Editor

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  • The Managing Editor is the second-in-command (or Vice President if you will), who works under the Editor-in-Chief (EIC). They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the paper and must manage the staff accordingly.
  • There are weekly Monday meetings from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. which are mandatory for the Managing Editor to attend for ideas, comments, assignments and tons of other information.
  • As the Managing Editor, they will work closely with the EIC and copy editor on layout, design, optimization, manage everyone but more specifically the editors, and of course, making sure that every article is accurate and error free.
  • The Managing Editor will edit the Section Editor’s articles that they have already edited on WordPress as a “Saved Draft” and (on macs) using InDesign; the EIC, and Section Editors will teach the Managing Editor how to do all of that.
  • The Managing Editor will also do the layout on InDesign as well. The layout is due by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • The Managing Editor must keep in contact with the EIC, Copy Editor, and the Section Editors on a weekly basis (We use the Slack app).
  • The Managing Editor can choose to write an article for that week’s paper, but it must be at least 500 words or longer and turned in on Saturday by 11:59 p.m. unless said otherwise. Another editor must edit their work.
  • The Managing Editors can “publish” work on WordPress but first needs the approval of the EIC unless stated otherwise.
  • They have the ability to fire and give out warnings within reasoning to Section Editors and Staff Writers but first, consult the EIC about the issue.
  • The Managing Editor is encouraged to take pictures at events either with their phones or the cameras that Highlander Student Media can rent out to them.
    • Talk to the EIC 24 hours before the event to file the correct information on time.
  • Managing Editor will be asked to use social media and to help with events on campus to promote the Tartan and must follow through with said request.
  • The Managing Editor might be requested to deliver the weekly newspaper on Wednesdays at 4:45 PM as well.
  • A Few More Things to Keep in Mind:
    • A managing editor combines the innovativeness of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager.
    • We expect excellent organizational and leadership skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability.
    • Hire, coach and supervise staff.
    • Collaborate with the EIC to determine issues’ content and topics (usually at the weekly meetings).
    • Focuses on editing the details of the page, including photos, graphics, articles, and columns.
    • Evaluates staff progress on goals and deadlines set by the EIC.
    • Observes constantly and strengthens the staff’s morale.
    • Archives weekly folders on the server and creates new weekly folder templates (if needed).
    • You should be able to suggest ideas for stories and see them through to publication.
    • Works with Staff Writers and editors to make sure stories are covered with accuracy, fairness, and clarity and helps with additional story ideas and follow-ups.
    • Oversee proofreading procedures and edits articles when necessary.
    • Assist in evaluating finalized articles and layout for compliance with policies, style, and tone.
    • Control schedules and enforce deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers etc.).
    • Maintains constant communication with the EIC.
    • Aids in the training of new Staff Writers, designers, and photographers.
    • Assists EIC and takes over in their absence.
    • Builds and adheres to a strong sense of ethics in writing and reporting.
    • Resolves issues as they arise.
  • The EIC has the right to change, take away, or alter any of the duties mentioned above.