When I rejoined the Orange County Register two months ago, my job description was a bit nebulous. Since then, editor Rob Curley has made it clear that I am the Register’s digital MacGyver. Angus Macgyver, the lead character of a TV series of the same name, turned everyday objects into tools that he used to escape from life-threatening predicaments.
My tasks haven’t been that harrowing, but I have definitely used limited resources to get some things done. I’ve also been taking care of a bunch of smaller tasks that someone has to handle.
Here is a short laundry list of what I’ve been doing:
- I’ve created bookmarklets that lets our digital team click one button to carry out tasks that normally require selecting text, copying it, finding and replacing, and more copying and pasting.
- I’ve tapped into the Chartbeat API to create an internal page that shows the staff just the information we use from that service
- I’ve improved the stability of six newsroom monitors that are display stats, the Register website, and page layouts.
- I’ve edited a few small blog posts and short articles.
- I’ve submitted and tracked many IT tickets related to changes to website and email changes
- I’ve made sure people moving into and around the newsroom have their phones set up and equipment moved.
- I’ve provided a small amount of training about social media and posting graphics online.