After a relatively quiet first GA shift, I was expecting a little more action and excitement the second time around. For the second week in a row, I decided to work the late shift and serve as the on-call nightside reporter.
After I arrived at noon, assistant city editor Ted Hart put me in charge of editing the weekly events calendar. Elise Moser had constructed the calendar earlier that morning, so I thought the job would be relatively east. I was wrong.
Nearly 3 hours later, I finally finished fact-checking the spelling, names, dates and times of all of the scheduled events for the weekly calendar. I double-checked websites, Facebook pages and even had to call businesses and organizations to verify information. After all of the facts were checked, I arranged the information according to AP style. Although it took much longer than it should have, I wanted to be completely sure that the calendar was be 100 percent accurate.
I left the newsroom briefly to cover a court case at 1:30, but the trial was continued. Once I finished the calendar, there wasn’t much to do until I seen a tweet from KBIA reporting a fire at the intersection of Garth and Blue Ride Road at 6 p.m. I asked my ACE if I could cover the story, and he sent me away in my stylish yellow vest. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, there were no firetrucks or firemen to be found. The reported fire must have either been a false alarm or extinguished within 20 minutes.
After I came back to the newsroom, I waited around for another story until my shift ended at 9 p.m. I was a little disappointed at the lack of activity for the day, but I learned a lot about the value of accuracy checks while editing the weekly events calendar. It’s definitely worth it to verify information, and you can never give the person who made the calendar the benefit of the doubt about anything— no matter how smart and careful he or she is.