Discussion notes: Responsibilities of the editor

May 13, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: editing.

Editors have broader responsibilites than a reporter to a news organization. They must take charge of various aspects of the news operation that reporters do not have to consider.

— Editors must take a broader view of their job, the news organization and the entire profession

— Editors must know the organization

• purpose
• structure
• processes
• history and tradition

— Editors must develop skills in handling people and resources

• budgets
• helping people achieve success
• allocating resources

— Editors must be masters of the language

• style, especially style
• grammar (sometimes they must arbitrate)
• understand the importance of language precision

— Editors must understand the forms of information presentation that their medium demands

• inverted pyramid story structure
• other forms of news presentation
• graphic forms
• photo editing
• language of design

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