News Leadership 3.0

August 18, 2008

Link: A new role for editors

Jarvis says job must
adapt in digital age
Is editing changing in your newsroom?

Here’s Jeff Jarvis on the importance of editors—and how the role must change in the digital age:

“There is still a role for editors, but it changes. There is a need to add context and fill holes in understanding - by using links. As we move from an economy of scarcity in media to one of abundance, there is a need to curate: to find the best and brightest from an infinite supply of witnesses, commentators, photographers and experts. As news becomes collaborative, editors will need to assemble networks from among staff and the public; that makes them community organisers. I also believe editors should play educator, helping to improve the work of the network.

“Editors are a luxury we must afford. But as their jobs change, so will their character. Editors will become gentle coaches whose job it is to look for the good in the world of the web. They’ll have to be nicer. Based on that, some may still choose to impale themselves.”

Read the full post here (Thanks to Jay Rosen for the pointer.)

A few of my own thoughts about frontline editors here.
. Are editing roles changing in your newsroom? How? Why? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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