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Editors Talk about Editing

Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers


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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Chapter 12: Phoebe Ayers, Wikimedia Foundation


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Member, Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees,reference librarian at theUniversity of California at DavisInterview: Thursday, September 20, 2012via Skype

Phoebe Ayers, a professional librarian, began editing Wikipedia in 2003 when still a student. She is co-author of a user’s manual (Ayers et al. 2008), with chapters ranging from ‘The Life Cycle of an Article’ to ‘Becoming a Wikipedian’. At the time of writing, she is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s board of trustees, elected by the community of users.

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