A call for great editing

“The challenges we all face as journalists in framing, emphasis, skepticism, and tone call for highly focused editing which is unafraid, exacting, details-driven, and intelligent.”

We are entering a new era in the importance of great editing. It’s something we can tend to take for granted on a daily basis, but it’s so vital. Against a backdrop of fragmentation and falsifying of news, post-truth politics and a media narrative being dominated by a president-elect who is disdainful of the role of the press and a master at manipulating the sight lines, the challenges we all face as journalists in framing, emphasis, skepticism, and tone call for highly focused editing which is unafraid, exacting, details-driven, and intelligent.

lee-glendinningThe Trump presidency will also bring a renewed focus on the role and bravery of whistleblowers, from within government agencies, the sprawling Trump business empire, or indeed, the general hemisphere. Investigative journalism and the protection of sources is more important than ever.

Finally, perspective. It is so important for us all to raise, publish, and regularly sustain diverse voices both within staff teams and through the stories we tell and the lives of the underrepresented that we must document.

Of course, all of these points align under the banner of quality reporting, deeply sourced, researched, and powerfully written, to inform the American people and the world at a critical time.

Lee Glendinning is editor of The Guardian U.S.

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