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Editors Talk about Editing

Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers

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Susan L. Greenberg

The work of «editing» is by and large something that happens behind the scenes, noticed only when it is done badly, or not done at all. There is not much information about what editors do. The result is that editing is not often talked about in its own right – not even by the people who do it. This collection of interviews attempts to fill some of the gaps. The author, a former editor herself, interviews practitioners at the top of their game – from newspapers, magazines, broadcast news, book publishing, scholarly editing, academic publishing and digital curation. The interviewees think out loud about creativity and human judgment; what they have in common and what makes them different; how editing skills and culture can be shared; why editing continues to fascinate; and why any of this might matter.
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Part 3: Legacy

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Mary Hockaday at the BBC, John McIntyre at The Baltimore Sun and Philip Campbell at the scientific journal Nature are editors working in organisations with long roots in the past. The interviews in this section provide a chance to explore the meaning of ‘standards’ and ‘judgment’ in editing, in a period of rapid change.← 73 | 74 →

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