Profile Of An Editor

Editing, which is also called as subbing, involves a degree of responsibility. It requires the edited content to reflect a degree of wisdom in addition to knowledge and efficiency.

The basic purpose is to make stories readable and to communicate the information properly to the reader in conformity with the paper’s character. Hence these objectives are fulfilled by an important individual in any content writing or news based organisation, popularly known as an editor. The job profile of an editor working for print media (at times electronic media too) demands him/er to ensure accuracy by checking facts, see that language of content is simple and straight, to eliminate the repetitions and verbosity to make copy tight and to ensure that the usages are in keeping with the paper’s house style and traditions. Editing is all about giving uncompromising attention to the fairness, good taste and legal safety such that the stories are cut efficiently to fit the space available.

Anyone interested in pursuing this as a career should know how to re-write stories completely when necessary either to combine several items for a composite report, or to provide balance, or to bring in background information. For an editor it is also vital to give instructions for each story neatly and legibly and the most important of all complete everything within the assigned deadline, as news transmission works by deadline.

Writing can take different forms and when it comes to news it requires it’s narration to be simple, direct sentences, avoid ambiguity in the sentences and the content should have typographically short paragraphs. During editing accuracy of facts should be checked by consulting back the files and reference books and by checking spellings, place names, dates, contradictions and discrepancies. It is important for an editor to know a concept, which is being put in writing because if he/she won’t understand it, neither will the readers.

Working as an editor requires one to be competent and proficient in both types of subbing namely mechanical subbing which involves looking after the technical details and creative subbing. In addition to these skills, an editor should write and think fast, should be word perfect, must have sure grasp of news values and of reader interest and must have a calm and collected disposition so that the deadlines are met on time.