Fines Massey

Editor, The Laclede County Record Education: Missouri State University, bachelor’s degree, print journalism



Editor and Publisher


Fines Massey was nominated by his publisher, who said, “With a small staff including one reporter, a parttime sportswriter, a historian/obituary writer and a couple of stringers he uses for special projects, Fines Massey has managed to take first place general excellence honors through Missouri Press Association three years in a row.” Other outstanding traits called out are his excellence in journalism, ability to plan and keep projects on track, and his professionalism. What advice do you have for other young professionals who aspire to become an editor extraordinaire? I believe the real key to being a good editor is being a good reporter. You have to learn the ropes and work your way up to really know a little bit of everything. Especially in a small newspaper, you need to be a Jack of all trades. What’s in your editorial toolbox? I think one of the most important things to have in your toolbox is curiosity. You’ve got to want to ask questions about your community. You have to think like your readers. What is important to them? What do they want to know? What do they need to know?