Day in the life of Roots Editor

Tough job as editor means less free time; provides valuable experience, opporunities



Roots Editor Jenae Laxson uses running as a way to destress from school, work and life in general. She finds reading out articles with reporters to be one of the best parts of the job because of the social aspect.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen roots editor

As the Roots editor and a journalist, the word downtime is not in my vocabulary. I can always find something that needs to be done for my section. It might be coming up with new story ideas, contacting a source or constructing the layout of the week for my page(s). 

My morning begins at 6 a.m., and on more than one occasion I have wanted to throw my alarm across the room. But for me, an early morning wake-up is a must with a packed schedule. 

After resisting that urge, I lace up my running shoes and head out for my morning run. I find getting just two or three miles in is a great way to destress and start my morning off on the right foot. Depending on the day I will also squeeze in a weight lifting session at the gym. 

My classes change day to day, but the real work typically begins at 9 a.m. with my first class of the day and continues until noon. Before class, I send all of the emails required for stories or make phone calls. 

I typically eat breakfast at this time, which always includes Bulletproof coffee.

After my classes end for the day I will hold readouts with my reporters, conduct my own interviews, write articles, or work on material for the Roots section. 

Readouts are one of my favorite parts of the job. I always like to make readouts fun and enjoyable for my reporters. It helps ease the stress that can come along with critiquing someone’s work. 

On a day that does not involve production, I will end work at around 5 p.m. to eat dinner and start on my classwork for the day. My Spanish tutorials come first because if I do not get those done they will not get done. I will follow that up with some neuroscience and animal behavior. 

A day that does involve production will be entirely dedicated to that. I study when I am waiting around for material from other editors, reporters or for my pages to be checked. 

The Roots section only runs two days a week, with one online production day and one in-print. I hope when the fall semester arrives we will be back to three days a week in-print production.