Every Friday night, and even some other days during the rest of the week, I do 1A. No two 1A shifts are the same, one can be slow and leave you with tons of time to work on other projects, others can be crazy with last-minute breaking news. It took a while to get used to, but I learned to roll with the punches. If a Copy Editor needs some “Catie Magic” to get a hed to fit, I’ll make it work. If a reporter needs a change, it will happen.
Here are some of my favorite 1A’s that I’ve done.