I’ve learned about being an effective editor from a lot of different people, whether that be past editors from Mountain Vista, my adviser Mark Newton or the editor I work with at Colorado Community Media’s papers, Ann Healey.

Because of my experience both receiving help and assisting others as they craft the best work they possibly can, editing has become a simple process for me to go through.

Although I can recognize a grammatical error without even trying, the editing process goes a lot deeper than just adjusting AP style. I try my hardest to utilize an in-person process of editing rather than just communicating over a computer screen, which I believe has helped a lot of our staffers to become better reporters as we can discuss the process of storytelling and how to put a piece together so that it conveys the most powerful message.


Journalism has made me an extremely meticulous person when it comes to writing. While I’m all for incorporating voice and color into some forms of writing, I’ve realized the importance of consistency and AP style when writing for Mountain Vista Media or any other professional publication.

Because of my experience as an editor, I can tell the difference between a single and double space, immediately notice any Oxford commas that pop up and detect precisely what should and should not be hyphenated.

This story was my co-editor-in-chief Kelsey Pharis’ opening story for the yearbook. You can access the ThingLink made for the edits by clicking here or on the photo below.

After making those edits, Kelsey and I talked over the overall feel of the story. Beneath is the final version that will be published in the 2015-2016 Aerie come the end of the year.


If I’ve learned anything about reporting, it’s the importance of eliminating any questions from the audience during the first go-around. This approach, I’ve learned, shifts a story to be very detail driven.

Below is the first and final copies of a story editors Lauren Lippert and Savanah Howard wrote about the two students who were arrested after making viable threats to impose violence upon students and faculty at Mountain Vista.

Because I don’t usually edit over a computer, but rather face to face, there’s no ThingLink for this piece.

Aside from the obvious AP style and structural edits, I also advised both Lauren and Savanah to lengthen the story with accounts from the principal, more information regarding the sheriff’s office and comments from other students of various schools.

Soon after, Lauren and Savanah finished up the piece using information and contacts I granted them. This story was only the first of many that Vista Now utilized to cover the incident.

You can find the online version by clicking here or on the photo below.