PART 2

The Fundamentals of Editing

CHAPTER 3

The Editing Process

 

image THE EDITOR’S ROLE

Every editor edits. That is, every editor determines to some extent what will and will not be published or broadcast. This book stresses the skills of editing, but learning those skills without a thorough understanding of the philosophy of editing would be like learning to hit a baseball without knowing why hitting is important. Why bother to hit if you don’t know to run to first base? In editing, it is important to know not only when a change in copy should be made but also why that change should be made.

Good editing depends on the exercise of good judgment. ...

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