Editorial - Friday, November 29: It’s all news to me

THIS week has been unbelievable but I never knew how full-on being an acting editor would be.

I always knew we were capable of pulling together The WEX and believed that if we all understood our roles and duties, The WEX would be amazing.

I now know that I was oblivious to the workload and pressure I would be under as acting editor for The WEX.

That laidback approach on Monday was soon lost on Wednesday when the reality hit that we, the work experience girls, were creating our own newspaper.

This led me to realise that I was no longer just shadowing the editor, I was indeed an acting editor for The WEX edition.

Our basic idea was to make The WEX a newspaper with an edge, that edge being it would be run by six teenage girls, all with their own ideas and views on how we should present the news.

And also on how we wanted our edition to be different.

We wanted to make sure we covered issues that affected the youth of the Clarence Valley.

I know we worked well together as a team - that's important.

Before coming to The Daily Examiner, I honestly didn't read the paper. In fact, I didn't read any paper. However, on my phone there is a news feed on my main page, so I occasionally would read that.

I mainly read the entertainment section and headlines but nothing from the Clarence Valley.

After sitting in the newsroom's morning meetings, I now know that I was greatly unaware of the news from my local area.

As I was in the paper this week, my mum went out and bought the paper every day just to see what I was up to.

Before coming here I had no clue as to what I wanted to be when I finally finished school and now, leaving this week, I have a clearer understanding of what it takes to become an editor.

I am still unsure of what I want to do with my life but I know I enjoy working on a newspaper, and becoming a journalist has now become my back-up plan if I still don't know what to do with my life.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and I am eagerly awaiting the final product - The Work Experience edition.

Chelsea Smith

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