My friend Mary (Play off the Page) and I have talked on more than one occasion about the thrill and vitality of being part of a creative team. Both of us have experienced having a part in the play (team), as well as times of working on our scripts (projects) in solo form, and agree each has its pros and cons.
I’m thinking also about the music I do for church. In the past I’ve enjoyed being part of a choir but also have loved serving as a cantor. The freedom of not having to show up for a choir rehearsal has been a good match for me as a mother, allowing me to feel that I’m sharing my talents but without taking too much from my family; i.e., rising before the rest of my brood for a 30-minute rehearsal with just the pianist before Mass.
The layout of The Forum newsroom is circular. There’s a section for the sports writers, another section where the photographers hang out, a hub where the editors sit and make their decisions, a block of desks where the technical-oriented guys work, and that all circles around to the reporter pods. Mine is pretty much right in the middle so that I see people coming and going and hear a lot of the buzz of our workplace. Around 3 p.m., the obit gals come in and start making their phone calls. Throughout the day there are meetings and discussions about upcoming editions and hourly conversations among individuals coordinating pieces so that it all comes together.
The next day, the process begins all over again.
My appreciation and respect for the newsroom and what is accomplished there every day has been renewed in my short time being on staff, and I have to say, it feels good to be a small working bee among many, helping to gather and fashion stories so that the reading public can better connect with its community. Newspapers end up taking a lot of slack at times, but I still believe in the mission, and am glad to be part of it.
Q4U: When have you experienced the buzz of the creative team? What role did you play?