KEY FEATURES: The emphasis on transferrable skills and multiple platforms shows students how to use the basic principles of good editing for journalism, PR, advertising, or social media marketing. The book takes a broad approach to editing, demonstrating that it’s not just a skill for managers at newspapers, but rather an essential process for improving all aspects of published writing. This addresses a critical course challenge, in that many students don’t see the relevance of editing in their planned careers. The audience-centric method emphasizes the need to engage one’s audience in order to be a successful writer. “Helpful Hints” boxes provide easy-to-consult lists of dos and don'ts for good writing. “Thoughts From a Pro” boxes allow media professionals from a variety of backgrounds to demonstrate the essential function of the editing process in the workplace.

Editors as Leaders and Managers

Editors as Leaders and Managers

2 Editors as leaders and managers

Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand crucial elements of preparation necessary to be an editor.
  • Assess various leadership approaches and identify the one that best fits your approach to management as an editor.
  • Identify the various jobs associated with an editor position and determine ways in which they can be done properly.
  • Understand ways in which you can coach writers to improve their overall work.
  • Apply a basic editing process to a piece of copy as you work with a colleague to improve a story.

When you become an editor, you likely will be both excited and frightened. If you find yourself afraid about what you will do or how well you will do it, ...

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