So what does an editorial assistant do? I help put together News & Events Daily, the e-newsletter you should be getting through Message Center every day at 11:25 a.m. (Questions? Ideas? Requests? E-mail email@example.com!) I proofread and send out news releases to campus leaders and media outlets. And I do some administrative-type things, like compiling data and turning them into pretty pie graphs.
The N&E comes from news releases, and the news releases come from our staff writers. Each writer has one or two “beats,” or colleges, that they cover. They make sure the media knows about the good stuff going on here. So now instead of editing the stories the reporters write after receiving a news release, I’m editing the news release the reporter uses to cover a story. Whoa. (Questions on how you can get your event in N&E? E-mail me!)
There’s a lot of differences between the D&C and RIT. At the paper, I worked during the day, during the night, weekends, holidays, you name it. And the work never ended. Here, it’s Monday through Friday, 8ish to 5ish, holidays off, that week after Christmas off (woohoo!). And there is such a thing as being “caught up” with my work. So I have time for other things, like writing a blog post!
I do miss a little of the excitement that exists only at media outlets — being the ones who decide what’s news and what’s not, what news goes where, the looks of surprise on people’s faces (“Wow! You work at the newspaper?”). But I love the excitement of RIT, of groundbreaking research and student accomplishments and new programs and new buildings. And I get to go home at 5 p.m.