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Reporting & Editing / Duties of an Editor


The correctness and quality of a company’s written contents are ensured by an editor. They are in charge of organizing and producing textual content. One of an editor’s primary responsibilities is to edit copy and make improvements to it. Other jobs include advising authors on content pieces and educating writers on best practices. A content calendar must also be made. Editor in chief and senior editor are couple of the positions that an editor could advance to.

Responsibilities of Editor:

  • Rewrite copy from writers
  • Modify written content from writers
  • Develop a content calendar
  • Develop ideas for content
  • Oversee content production
  • Create highly shareable content
  • Adhere to journalism best practices
  • Assign projects and monitor deadline

Duties of an editor:

  •  To enhance the editor’s position, analyse and capitalise on the unique characteristics and needs of print and digital media.
  •  Manage and generate news so that information is presented accurately, logically, and on schedule.
  •  Create original and creative methods to enhance everyday news coverage.
  •  Keep an eye on audience trends and employ multimedia, nonlinear, and alternative narrative techniques.
  •  Manage and revise material to meet reader needs and deliver thorough information for those needs.
  •  Utilize your creativity to address diverse competing priorities.
  • Establish a work schedule and deadlines, and motivate the team to reach goals in order to facilitate timely publication.
  • Design and implement coverage strategies to facilitate wide coverage of all sorts of issues and news.
  • Teach news reporters how to choose stories that will interest both current and potential readers.
  • Work together to identify priorities for the same with colleagues in the newsroom and other departments.
  • Work together with both internal and external customer service to achieve the best possible workflow.
  • Check all new information for validity and confirm the accuracy of published articles with sources to prevent disagreements.
  • Work together with editors, photojournalists, reporters, and anchors to provide effective news coverage and increase the company’s position in the media market.
  • Use technology to your advantage by using editor’s software, maps, stingers, and computer graphics.




4 thoughts on “Reporting & Editing / Duties of an Editor

  1. The relationship between reporters and their offices is changing in all parts of the news media. Where reporters once were regarded as freewheeling characters, particularly on fixed newspapers beats like city Hall and police headquarters, the rule today is close supervision of all reportorial activity

  2. #Sub-Editor

    The sub-editor does some or all of these to every story:
    1. Reads the story for clarity of language and meaning and Shortens the story while retaining the essentials and maintaining coherence.
    2.Rewrites where necessary.
    3.Combines one story with another or perhaps running reports from several news agencies, correspondents and
    4.Reporters to produce a single intelligible report from different and sometimes contradictory messages.
    5.After distributing copy to other subs he also checks their work for any mistakes and passes
    it on to the composing room.

  3. Reporters and their offices:
    Gathering NEWS through pooling of resources.
    Disadvantages of the pool. Nobody contends that the pool is the best way to cover a story. Far from it, for under the informal rules of pool coverage, those is the pool are bound by the agreement of their representatives on material that is to be used for background or put off the record entirely. But those outside the pool, not being bound by the rules, can and do use such material if they hear about it-and that frequently happens. An even more serious disadvantage occurs when hundreds of reporters are assigned to cover a trial in which there is great public interest but only a small courtroom is available.

  4. The editorial staff provide material for publication and prepares the subject- matter called ‘copy’ for the printer and the engravers. Big newspapers have elaborate editorial staff consisting of many editors and sub-editors as incharges of various sub-sections designated as Editor, Managing Editor, News editor, Sunday Editor, Sports Editor Women’s Editor, Picture Editor, Society Editor, Drama Editor, Literary Editor, Music Editor, Art Editor etc.

    Small newspapers combines many of these positions, or drop some altogether, and have an editorial staff consisting of ten to fifteen persons. The editorial department is the record section of a newspaper. It also maintains a library, where, beside other relevant books, extensive files of clippings and photographs are maintained.

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