Cooperation is the trait I learned the most this year on staff. Having to work with such close interactions between myself and the two others who were in charge of the back end meant that every single day whenever I had something to do, I always was communicating my progress with the other editors. I even spent 1 hour, four days a week working one on one with another editor to keep things in order. If I couldn't cooperate with the other editors, it would mean I can't do my job. Beyond editing in a tight knit circle of editors, on an everyday basis cooperation is imperative for a functioning newspaper between all staffers. Communicating with other students when you are managing them is a very tricky job. Staffers might be your seat partner in another class, your friends in other social circles, yet you are charged with managing them, assigning work and even grading them. In the workplace, managers and bosses are not your friends, their your boss and therefore the relationship between management and labor is much more clear cut. IN a high school newspaper the line is much more blurred. Your their friend in one class, yet their boss in another. A healthy relationship between editors and staffers, and just staffers and other staffers is reliant on tact, fairness and most of all cooperation.
- Ventura US-CA