PART 1

Editing in the Age of Convergence

CHAPTER 1

Editing for Today’s Changing Media

 

image THE EDITOR’S CHANGING ROLE

For generations, news was produced and distributed in assembly-line fashion. Reporters gathered and wrote it, editors edited it, and publishers produced and distributed it in print or broadcast form to mass audiences. It was a one-to-many model born in the Industrial Revolution.

Editors in that environment served as gatekeepers. They decided when to open the gate, allowing information to flow to the public. Editors had total control over what was published or broadcast. They determined which stories were newsworthy—those they ...

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