What is an editor?

Well, a person who edits. Are editors passe, no longer of use, old school, in the New Media of the Internet?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Here is a post suggesting that Editors have a role, and an important role, and I have a feeling that this is going to be the beginning of an interesting discussion.


  1. #2 Heraclides
    April 24, 2009

    Excuse my being lazy and not using tinyurl, or setting up a tag! 😉

  2. #3 harold lee
    April 24, 2009

    What is an editor? An editor is the one who likes your writing style. Many years back, I wrote something in martial art. The editor told me that she had to spend too much time ‘editing’. Therefore, the article will not be accepted. She went on to advise me to ask some other writers to read my article before the next submission. However, she went on to say that whoever I asked and made changes accordingly may still not style she likes. So, what is an editor ? One who interprets ‘when’ and ‘if’ differently from your interpretation.

  3. #4 eddie
    April 24, 2009

    Greg, in your case, an editor would be someone who decides whether and which of your posts is published. I mean not you, someone else. How is this appropriate to blogging? It’s probly not appropriate even in newspapers, but the industry, historically, is so structured so that’s the way it is.

  4. #5 Stephanie Z
    April 25, 2009

    eddie, read the post. It’s not what you think it is.

  5. #6 Greg Laden
    April 25, 2009

    Eddie: On Quichemoraine.com, we have an editor but she doe not decide what get published.

    Anyway, yea, the post to which I link explains it all.

  6. #7 eddie
    April 25, 2009

    I did read the qm post and found it had some interesting things to say. But I was relating it to my own experience in the old fashioned newspaper industry.
    There there is a distinction between sub-editors who do the layout, spelling and such, and Editors who have real power as gatekeepers.
    I was trying to make the point that new media shouldn’t want to be like old media.

  7. #8 eddie
    April 25, 2009

    The role of a newspaper editor and a novel copy editor are so different. I have read so many novels and non-fiction books where the author thanks ‘their’ editor for making the work readable.
    If journalism were to aspire to this…
    In newspapers there is always the power structure, especially where the paper’s owners want to have some political influence.

    Right now I’m listening to Revolution by Spiritualized.

  8. #9 eddie
    April 25, 2009

    …as covered by Mudhoney.
    It’s just been followed by Opportunity by The Charlatans.