Today is page deadline day for issue one…

I already know I am going to fail the deadline for page 5, and I want to scream.

I purposely set everyone’s deadlines so I could get everything edited and onto the page on time. So what happened?

One of my reporters completed her assignment on time, and I was so happy about that because she is new and just learning the ropes, but she went right out and handled her beat like a star.

The problem? We are missing half the attribution information for each of the six quotes she got. It is highly unlikely that she would be able to track down those six people again to get that information, so we are likely going to have to go back to the drawing board and get six new quotes along with six new photos.

I don’t blame the reporter; I blame myself.

As an editor, part of my job is to make sure that I explain everything about the assignment in detail so that the writer knows what they are looking for when they go out and start work on a story. This really means every detail, because some things that may seem obvious to a person that has been on the paper for three semesters is not so obvious for someone who is just starting out in both J1 and J11 simultaneously.

In short, I messed up, and now I will pay for it in my grade, because not having that info means I fail the page deadline.

This will never happen again.

I hope.

Monique Judge
Monique Judge is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. She drinks way too much coffee, has way too much yarn, knows her way around a good bottle of tequila, and loves gifts and surprises.

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