Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Douglas B. Ward
Editing involves deciding what news stories, pictures, or video to publish or broadcast and what form that material should take. The role is central across nearly all print media (on which this entry focuses), from newspapers and magazines to websites and books. Editing takes on many forms, however, and involves evaluating both big issues and small details: creating a vision for a publication; assigning articles, photographs, and graphics; evaluating articles for proper organization, tone, and readability; managing and motivating writers, photographers, and other editors; designing each issue; and correcting facts, grammar, word usage, and other mechanics of articles. While the editing process is generally invisible to readers, editors shape everything readers ultimately see. Anyone who writes, of course, also edits, deciding which subjects and sources to pursue and which to avoid, what material to include in an article, and how that piece should be written. A true editor is an ...