Great Journalist

This site for budding journalists is dedicated to Anjum Nair

September 02, 2004

Reporter or sub-editor?

You have decided you want to become a journalist. But, will you be a reporter or sub-editor?

A reporter is mainly out on the field. He reports what he sees. He speaks to eyewitnesses to an events and then reports what they said. He attends press conferences and interviews personalities.

A sub-editor edits copy a reporter writes. He tightens the copy. Check for facts. Corrects grammar and spellings. Makes the copy more pleasant for the reader. Gives headlines. Makes pages... and is mostly based in office.

Many news organizations have sub-editors who also report. The Business and Sports sections too often have Reporters-cum-Sub-Editors.

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