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Editors’ Diary. Some days in the life of a History Campus-Editor

(1996) is a German Eustorian who has been doing his Bachelors in history and political science in Münster; after a year of internships he currently is a graduate student in Göttingen. He enjoys meeting new people, having discussions and fun together. Gregor is always delighted when he finds nice postcards in his letter box – they have got a place of honour in his room.

Every December, the History Campus is calling for new members of its Editors Group. You want to know what the work of a History Campus-Editor looks like? Gregor, Editor since 2015, gives some insights into a typical month of an Editor. In case of any questions do not hesitate to comment below!

1st of March: Our coordinator is asking us for a possible editor’s video conference of this month. I check my schedule and fill in the Doodle. Afterwards I am getting back to one of my articles I am currently writing – it is on my experiences abroad in Italy. Hope to finish it within the next days.

5rd of March: Finally, I get to finish the article. While it is already send to our journalistic advisor for a check, I am looking for fitting images and links for the background information. I receive the mail that our video conference is supposed to be in three days, 21.00 ‘German time’.

“Feeling the pulse of Europe” – Milan

8th of March: I am preparing some notes for our editor’s conference. What are actual projects? What is to be issued organisation-wise? Is there anything to plan longhand? I remember that I need to contact one of my authors. She promised me a contribution for two days ago… But now the call is starting. After some technical issues (like always) and a warm hello to everyone we are discussing the articles to be finished in the next month. I give in my piece on Italy that I finished some days ago and we decide that it might fit in about a week. Furthermore I issue that I am looking for an author writing on current happenings in Estonia – and get two possible contacts. After deciding on actual projects, we are as well discussing organisation issues such as unavailibilities and upcoming events. After the call I am writing my author again for the promised text…

12th of March: I am receiving my edited article on Italy – and unfortunately a mail by the Estonian author . She won’t be able to write it this month because of university issues, but is asking me to re-contact her afterwards. Let’s see, if we’ll have that article. In the evening I am introducing the changes to my article, afterwards I am inserting it in the backend of the blog and ask for the confirmation to publish it.

16th of March: My article is published. Having shared it in social media, I finally get the opportunity to contact my possible authors for Estonia. Shortly later I get the first response: She is interested in contributing! We agree on a skype call to talk about a possible format and focus of the contribution.

20th of March: Skype call time. After discussing the possibilities with my new author and sending her the principal material (guidelines etc.) we agree on a date for a first draft: In one week. I am satisfied and optimistic regarding the possible contribution.

A motivating, European experience

26th of March: A week nearly without the HistoryCampus – I’ve just been checking our Editors forum and reading the new contribution published by one of my colleagues two days ago. But now I receive the first draft of the Estonia-contribution: Contentwise I am really satisfied, but the structure is still making me worry. How about putting the centre-paragraph in the beginning? Couldn’t we make this fact a bit catchier? I send my editing suggestions to our journalistic support, hoping for some additional remarks.

29rd of March: After another review it’s now time to give the article back to my author – I am already curious how she will like the changes. I am as well asking for images, because they were missing that topic before.

3rd of April: Incredibly fast I receive the new version of the Estonia-contribution. Now it is ready for publishing – I prepare it in the backend and ask another time for a publishing confirmation.


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