Pros: creative freedom
Cons: poor task management
On a daily basis, I would receive articles from fellow writers - mostly from the Opinion section - to be edited for grammar and content before being sent to the Layout Editor. I would also write and submit content. Once a week, we would meet as a whole to discuss any issues.
The major problem I had working for The Observer was the poor management. – more... Often times, no one was sure what to do to fix problems and who was responsible. It would have been a very powerful local community news source if not for people frequently stumbling over one another.
That said, the creative freedom that was given at this job was highly appreciated. This freedom was most felt in the Opinion and Arts & Entertainment sections that I would most frequently write for. It made writing informative articles much easier and more enjoyable.
I gained a fair deal of knowledge regarding the writing process and the proper format for a journalistic article while working for The Observer. However, now that I have gained that knowledge, I would like to apply it to a more professional environment. – less