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News Editor
News editor

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 ...

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