I've mentioned it a few times, but I still haven't really told all of you what my new job is. I don't know why I've waited until three months after I found out about it and three weeks after I started to share it here. I guess I was just a wee bit nervous that I wouldn't live up to the challenge. But, it seems, with two issues in the bag, I'm proving capable of this new gig. So, I guess it's time I share with you what I'll be up to ALL winter long.
But first, let me give you some background. About five or six months ago, my newspaper, which was formerly locally owned and operated, was bought out by a larger company. When that happened, it was a bit of a scary time. My co-workers, of which there are only four, and I weren't sure if we were going to have jobs or if our jobs were going to change. Things did change and are continuing to change, and I am still working part-time for the paper, but it's no longer my full-time job. When the paper was sold, the new owner mentioned that one of his other papers in Edmonton was in need of someone to head up a section called Snow Zone. That was about all he had to say before I put myself out there and said, 'Yes please. Pick me!' I honestly had no idea what the job entailed, but I knew it was the right choice. I just knew that the opportunity was presenting itself because I was meant to take it.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I became the editor of Vue Weekly's Snow Zone. (For all of you outside of the Edmonton area, Vue is an alt-weekly that's full of really rad entertainment and arts content, along with a small bit of news.) Snow Zone, as you might guess, is a section that focuses on all things winter. In the past it has greatly focused on skiing and boarding, but this year my goal is to branch out. I want it to be a more inclusive. So, I want to write about snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, winter camping, organized snowball fights and then, of course, skiing and boarding.
Being the editor of the section basically means I come up with the story ideas; I decide what's being printed and when; I write; I assign stories to freelancers; I edit; I upload stories to the web; and I give the final OKs on the print copies. Oh! And I also take photos. It's definitely a lot more responsibility than I'm used to, but I'm actually really excited about the new challenge. I really needed this change. So, I'm glad that I jumped at the job, even if I did it before I knew what it was, because it's an incredible opportunity. (Did I mention that I'm now writing for about 20,000 more people than I was a month ago, and I get to do it from a town of 5,000 in the middle of a national park!? Yeah. Let that sink in for a minute. Those opportunities don't land in your lap everyday, so boy am I ever grateful that this one landed in mine.)
So, there. I spilled the beans. Now, I just hope I can live up and prove that I'm worthy of the editor's title and position. Wish me luck!