In our journalism III class, students learned what makes a good editor and what it takes to have success as an editor. When editing some of the works that my classmates worked on in our Writing for a Publication class, the most difficult thing I experienced was cutting down the stories to make them fit onto the pages. After editing their work the first time to fix errors that might have been evident, we also had to trim them even more to provide space for the story, a headline, a byline, photo, photo credit, and a cutline. This always seems to be a predicament because you never really want to cut what someone else has written, but I think that we all learned that it comes with the territory. I would recommend that writers try to trim as much of their stories as possible before sending it in to an editor. This makes it easier because then an editor wouldn't have to worry about cutting things that the writer believes are important to their story. The photos were somewhat difficult to edit mainly because some of them were blurry and there wasn't much you can do there as an editor. I believe that my experience as the sports editor of the cal times definitely helped me when editing these stories and laying out these pages, but I also believe that this class has also given me a lot more skills that I know I can build throughout my college journalism career.
During Tony Norman's speech at California University of Pennsylvania on March 27, he spoke about his job at the Post Gazette as well as some popular stories in the news lately. While not a lot has been going on at Cal U recently, a story that has been extremely relevant in the city of Pittsburgh was the death of K-9 police dog, Rocco. Norman said that this story has been the biggest news story when it comes to readers of the Post Gazette. For those of you who don't know the story, Rocco was on a run with his partner when the suspect that they were after stabbed him to death. Norman said that his paper covered that story like it was "The death of the pope." He talked about there being a "passion for dogs" within the audience and that there is more passion for this animal than there is for learning about Obamacare. I do find this situation to be interesting because it did become a huge deal to many readers of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Though I believe it is a sad story because no one wants to see a death to anyone, I thought people were interested in this beyond belief, including me. The main reason that I was so interested in the story is because I felt bad for Rocco's partner. Coming from someone who has had to experience the death of a dog, I understand the feeling of losing "Mans Best Friend." Though this story really blew up and become a phenomenon amongst the other stories that have been talked about lately in the Post Gazette, I think this story really hits hard to people who really relate to this emotional loss of a canine companion.