Welcome to Editor Therapy, where student editors come to get answers to their most pressing student media concerns and advice on issues ongoing in their newsrooms.
What is Editor Therapy?
#EditorTherapy is a weekly Twitter chat hosted by me (Kenna Griffin, @profkrg) at 9 p.m. CST Wednesdays. We will discuss a different student media-related issue each week.
It’s companion podcast, Editor Therapy, will launch later this month. The weekly podcast will be a Q&A format, with questions coming from you. On the podcast, I will offer an overview of advice in an area, then launch into answering your questions.
Why Editor Therapy?
The Editor Therapy podcast and #chat were inspired by a conference session I’ve hosted for several years at National College Media Convention. In the session, I offer a bit of leadership advice, then I open the floor for student editors to ask me questions about their job-related issues and concerns.
The session typically lasts the entire hour it’s allotted, then spills over out into the hallway for about another hour. Students end up stopping me to ask me questions randomly during the remainder of the conference.
I don’t know that I’m always able to answer all of the students’ questions well, but it’s clear that they’re looking for a lot of guidance from someone outside of their organization. You know, the kind of help you get from a therapist.
It also is clear from the standing-room-only session that there are a lot more editors in need than I can help during an hour-long session once a year.
I’m starting the chat and, soon, its podcast companion to help more student editors.
Who should participate?
The #EditorTherapy chat and podcast are for student media editors. However, student journalists, journalists, collegiate media advisers, or professors are welcome to participate or listen. Essentially, the discussions are focused on student editors, but I want anyone who can help to attend.
How does #EditorTherapy work?
The #EditorTherapy chat will begin with an introduction from myself (the hostess) and an overview of the topic for the evening. I then will ask a series of questions, using the #EditorTherapy hashtag, and ask you to respond.
Each question will begin with Q and a number. For example, Q1: What is your biggest ongoing issue as a student media editor? #EditorTherapy
Answers should begin with A and the same number. For example, A1: My biggest issue is getting staffers to meet deadlines. #EditorTherapy
We will sometimes have guests advisers and student editors join us and questions may be directed at their expertise, but I want the chat to focus on you and topics of your choosing.
If you have more questions about Twitter chats, my post on 10 Tips for Participating in Dizzying Twitter Chats can help.
How do you participate?
Your participation in Editor Therapy is critical. The chat and the podcast cannot work without you.
Participating in the #EditorTherapy chat is as easy as logging onto Twitter at 9 p.m. CST Wednesdays and using the hashtag to join the conversation.
But your participation needs to go further so we all can get the most out of the chat and the podcast.
You should follow the #EditorTherapy Twitter account and direct message me your ideas for chat topics and questions you would like me to address on the podcast.
I may have a DM discussion with you to clarify your question or idea, but I never will link your full name or publication name with your issue. Instead, I will say things like: “Emily from Oklahoma is concerned that her adviser is crazy because she’s launching a Twitter chat and a podcast in the same month.”
If you are concerned that even this vague of an attribution may identify you, we certainly can discuss it. I never want an identification concern to keep you and others from learning from each other.
Do these 4 things to make the chat and podcast a success:
- Follow the #EditorTherapy Twitter account.
- DM me your topic ideas or question for the podcast. Note: The podcast won’t start until I have questions from you to address.
- Participate in the #EditorTherapy chat and encourage others to do so as well.
- Watch for more announcements about the podcast and download it when it becomes available.
Ok, I sorta doubled up on those last two, but you get my drift, right? I can’t wait to help you resolve the problems you face as an editor. Please let me know how I can help.