What I’ve learned as a student EIC

Tips on leading a high school publication


Cooper King (right) is the editor-in-chief of the Cedar Post, Sandpoint High School’s student-run newspaper.

Cooper King, Sandpoint High School

Starting the year as Editor-in-Chief I was really excited. I had been looking forward to holding this position for the past year or so and was ready for the challenge. Here are some things I have learned so far as an EIC.

Creating an environment where everyone is comfortable is key. Students will be able to work, focus, and communicate better when in a comfortable setting. Take time to get to know your staff and connect with them.

Communication is absolutely essential and one of the most important parts in producing a paper. You must stay in contact with each page editor and have the page editors stay in contact with staff creating content for their page. It is crucial that everyone is on the same track and already has an idea of what the paper will look like.

Work smarter not harder. I am lucky enough to have a staff of 28 incredible journalists. Producing a paper is a ton of work but never forget to utilize your staff — that’s what they are there for. Manage your time wisely, set and meet deadlines.

Reward your staff for their hard work. Trust me they deserve it. Thank them for their contributions and push them to always do better. It never hurts to bring them food as a way of expressing your gratitude.

There will always be critics of the paper, but they provide some of the best feedback so listen closely. It is very beneficial to find every mistake made so you can avoid them in the future. Critical feedback is an essential part of growth. Learn from error but stand behind everything you do 100 percent.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper King is the Editor-in-Chief of the Cedar Post, Sandpoint High School’s student-run newspaper.