You asked for it, and you’re getting it!
I was so pleased with your feedback from the first #EditorTherapy chat survey. Your answers helped me better understand the topics you’re interested in learning more about and the timing for the chat that works best for you.
Another piece of feedback you provided was that you want to have more guests on #EditorTherapy. I totally get it! I don’t want to listen to me all of the time either.
As I told you in the #EditorTherapy feedback post, the only frightening part for me about having guests is that you won’t show up and I’ll feel like I’m wasting their time. We agreed that I would schedule more guests as long as you promised to show up. Well, the academic year is about to begin and I’m here making good on my promise.
Following is the #EditorTherapy schedule for August, complete with information about guests this month.
Aug. 2 – Journalists’ Safety
This was a great chat about a timely topic, staying safe as a journalist in a time when our physical wellbeing seems to be compromised through our work. I’ll post the overview of this chat, for those who are interested. You always can find chat recaps here.
Aug. 9 – Annual Planning
Planning for the upcoming academic year is one of those necessary evils for success. During this chat, we’ll discuss your goals for this academic year and how to create plans to actually accomplish them. This will be a great chat to learn about implementing a planning process, but also to get ideas from your editor peers.
Aug. 16 – Enforcing Deadlines with guest Michael Giusti
Michael Giusti is an instructor and student media adviser at Loyola University in New Orleans. As such, he advises The Maroon student newspaper; The Wolf, the student-run magazine; The Maroon Minute, the morning video newscast, and The Maroon Online, the student-run news website.
I asked Michael to be a guest on our chat because he made a huge impression on me a few years ago when I saw him present a college media session on deadlines. Michael advises his staff to have a strict deadline policy and provides specific instructions on how to address staffers who fail to adhere to the policy.
I know getting staffers to meet deadlines is an issue for all student editors. I look forward to learning from Michael, who will provide you with advice you can implement immediately in your newsrooms.
Aug. 23 – Promoting Pubs with guest Candace Baltz
Candace Baltz is the director of Orange Media Network at Oregon State University. The network consists of The Daily Barometer student newspaper, KBVR-FM radio station, KBVR-TV television, the Beaver’s Digest student life magazine, Prism art and literary journal, and DAMchic fashion magazine.
Candace is a returning guest on the chat to discuss promoting publications. She’s had a lot of success with rebuilding publications and has excellent advice for how specifically to “sell” working for your pubs to potential staffers and how to promote your publications to increase readership.
Aug. 30 – Recruiting and Retaining Staff with guest Erin Gibson
Erin also is a returning guest on the chat. Last time, we chatted with Erin about election coverage. This time around Erin will provide you with advice on recruiting and retaining staff, which are things you repeatedly ask for help with.
There they are, your fabulous line-up of August speakers! If you have specific questions you’d like me to ask the speakers during the chat, please message me @profkrg or email me.
As always, your participation in Editor Therapy is critical. Remember our deal about me getting the speakers and you attending? The chat cannot work without you, but I will continue hosting it as long as you show up.
Participating in Editor Therapy chat is as easy as logging onto Twitter at 9 p.m. CST Wednesdays and using the #EditorTherapy hashtag to join the conversation.
You also should join the #EditorTherapy Facebook group to discuss issues and concerns outside of the chat.
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I hope to see you during the next #EditorTherapy!