All Hands on Deck

Before taking my current job as deputy editor last December, I had never been a full-time editor. I was a writer. And being a writer with TIME, no matter what they tell you, is essentially a solitary endeavor. You close the door. You face the blank screen. You write the story. There are advantages and disadvantages to this: if the piece is successful, you get most of the kudos, but if it's a flop, deemed not publishable by the editors, you may try to blame changing news, poor reporting, bad photos, but deep down you know it was your fault.

My transition...

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