The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.
The journalist in day-to-day charge of a newsroom is usually the news (or wire) editor whose duties include selecting stories for inclusion, a role in line with the concept of a gatekeeper (Harcup, 2004: 33). News editors, who are usually directly answerable to the editor, also allocate tasks to the news team and instruct reporters on which news angles should be pursued when chasing stories.
Boyd uses a warlike analogy for broadcast news editors, describing them as ‘generals … [who] set the objectives, weigh the resources and draw up the plan of campaign. Under their command are the officers and troops on the ground’ (2001: 46). He adds that when a good story breaks, the news editor must – like the general – be ...