Learning Professionalism Working in the Newsroom - Ross Floate
In Chapter 6 of 20 in his 2012 interview, branding and design strategist Ross Floate notes how he likes to work hard when the work is there. His work ethic is about professionalism and doing the job right so others do not have to fix your mistakes. Working as a newspaper and magazine designer, Floate learns professionalism and sharpens work ethic by working with older art directors and editors who, through their criticism, teach him the importance of being accountable for errors and mistakes.
Erik: Where did you learn your work ethic? Ross: I like to work and I like to work hard when the work is there. And I think that my work ethic is about professionalism and getting it done right, and making sure that other people who rely on you don’t have to fix up your mistakes. Where did I get that? A bunch of places. I have worked in newspaper newsrooms as a newspaper and magazine designer. Sub-editors like, sub-editors who are about 60 are really mean. Alright? And everybody needs to work with somebody like that at some stage in their career, you need to work with a crotchety art director, a crotchety production manager, somebody who calls you on your mistakes all the time, and you get yelled at and you realize that the reason that they’re yelling is because you’ve made things difficult for somebody else, it’s not because you’ve been sloppy, it’s because you’ve created problems that are going to cascade through other people’s lives. I think that is important, and look I had a couple of high school teachers who were probably just as bad if not worse, that’s what I think.