Another day in the life of a newspaper editor

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

9:06 a.m. Settle in at the desk with first coffee of the day. Handle a few phone calls and emails. Check over some letters to the editor for tomorrow, copy edit stories for the next edition of Currents magazine. After a couple of hours in front of the computer, my brain generally starts begging for mercy.

11:25 a.m. Arrive at TRU for luncheon for new prez Kathleen Scherf; miraculously find a parking spot close to Culinary Arts building. A goodly crowd soon gathers upstairs; consensus on two issues. One, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get a sitdown lunch, so we’d better start grabbing stuff from the trays of finger food floating by. Two, that we’re all going to watch Biden-Palin, and maybe flip to our own leaders’ debate now and again. Receive introduction to Scherf. Make really stupid comment, which I’ll elaborate on in Saturday’s Armchair Mayor column in The Daily News. As I’m leaving, Terry Lake is arriving. Explains he was at the premier’s photo op down at the toll booths.

1:20 p.m. Work on report for head office. Revise report for head office. Work on it some more.

3:05 p.m. Cowboy Coffee is civic campaign central. A candidate at one table talking strategy, another candidate at another table, talking strategy. The issue being, which TV debate to watch tonight.

3:45 p.m. Daily afternoon story meeting with city editor Susan Duncan and news editor Mike Cornell, in which we make preliminary choices of what stories to run where. Front page the main discussion. Profile on Michael Crawford. “Tease” the debates. “Lede” with tonight’s federal election forum in Barriere.

4:05 p.m. Do some copy editing of stories our reporters have filed so far. Our rule of thumb is, one copy edit minimum, two the norm, three whenever possible. Work on an editorial, rough out some thoughts for Saturday’s column. Cam Fortems comes in to get the laptop for the Barriere forum.

5 p.m. Tune in to TV7 news, watch Murphy Kennedy slagging Peter Milobar. And just when I thought he’d started taking the high road. Turn for the worse: now he’s not just criticizing Milobar on policy, Kennedy is attacking him personally, saying Milobar is in it for himself, etc. Bad move, Murphy. Pull in the horns and get back to telling people what you would do.

5:30 p.m. More emails and return phone calls.

6 p.m. Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. I’m impressed with how well Palin does, and Biden seems to be positively charmed by her folksiness. Yet the pundits say later Biden won. What do I know? Flipping to the leaders’ debate, Harper seems to hold his own, and his temper, very well, but the pundits say he came across as condescending. What do I know?

And so ends another day in the news game.

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