Editor-in-Chief of The Writers’ Bloc

Editor-in-Chief of The Writers’ Bloc

I’m currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House newsletter, The Writers’ Bloc, where I oversee content, reporting and editing of the print and online versions of the newsletter.

I just finished hiring a staff of new reporters, multimedia reporters, photographers and copy editors. I’m really excited for this year because we have more reporters — so they’ll get less burnt out — and we have photographers, so the quality of photos will go up.

I might be most excited about the multimedia reporter position. Last year, as the Online Editor, I believed that part of my duty was to take, edit and upload videos for the newspaper. I can’t say how many hours I spent editing video. The new multimedia reporter knows her stuff and puts clips together into a short video — the way it should be done, the way I didn’t have time to do last year. So I’m really excited that our videos will be much better than what I was able to produce on my own last year.

I’ll still be writing some articles.

Interning at WTOP

I’m also interning this fall at WTOP. It’s been amazing so far. I’ve shadowed two reporters for the day, while they went out to report. I held a microphone up to a police officer, attended a press conference at the National Zoo when the giant baby panda cub died, interviewed people for MOS (man on the street audio), took photos that ended up on wtop.com and wrote an article for the website.

I can’t wait to do and learn more. It’s a really amazing experience to be in a high-energy environment, surrounded by reporters doing their own stories and to be in such an award-winning newsroom.

Social Media Manager

As if all those wonderful opportunities weren’t enough, I’m also working as the Social Media Manager for the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House. I manage and update the Writers’ House Facebook and Twitter accounts and design posters. It’s nice to get a behind-the-scenes look and understanding of the living learning program I’ve been a part of for the past year and a half, since I transferred from Elon.

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I haven’t updated my positions since May. And a lot has changed since then.

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About Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock's first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, and WTOP. Her poems and fiction has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Moonsick Magazine, and Paper Darts.

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