A Day in the Life of... Daniel Armstrong, Editorial and Production Coordinator, AIBA
1. What does an Editorial and Production Coordinator actually do?
I work in the Communications Department which deals with any and all of the journalistic output from AIBA. I handle and write a lot of the content for AIBA’s websites as well as for its print publications and handle the distribution of this content through social media. On the editorial side I edit texts translated from foreign languages to English and with my knowledge of Russian translate some texts from Russian to English as well as coordinate the composition of AIBA’s literature.
2. Can you lead us through a timeline of a typical day in the office?
In the morning I check my e-mails and begin correspondence as well as publishing, writing and editing articles for that day. There is no one specific timeline but the day consists of a lot of writing and more writing. It helps if you like writing!
3. How do you become an Editorial and Production Coordinator?
A good grounding in journalism is key. I studied journalism and Russian at university in England before studying in St. Petersburg. A constant involvement in writing and publishing gives you experience in your field and confidence in what you do as well as an invaluable extra-curricular education. I would definitely recommend as many internships, work experience places as possible before applying for jobs in the industry.
4. What are the qualities needed to be an Editorial and Production Coordinator and what have you learned since being in the role (challenges/opportunities)?
Firstly you need to have a certain flair to your writing and a passion for good journalism. The challenges are always presenting themselves in the job and you need to adapt and be flexible, and learn to roll with the punches (no pun intended). From each position I have held I have learned a great deal for instance, it is sometimes best to write what the majority of readers can understand rather than what like-minded people will appreciate. Subjectivity is important but it is also important to be informative and understandable to as many people as possible, even if this means affording the sacrifice of your beloved lexicon in your work! The opportunity is the chance to be become a better and more cultured journalist that will undoubtedly stand you in good stead for anything else you may encounter in your career.
5. Can you tell us about a project/task within your Editorial and Production Coordinator career that you have particularly enjoyed?
Without doubt that would be my first edition of Boxing News, the biannual magazine from AIBA. I contributed and edited a lot of the content as well as coordinated a lot of the factual text so it was fantastic to see my work in a tangible form. It was a proud moment and things like that drive me in my job.
By Daniel Armstrong, Editorial and Production Coordinator at AIBA