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The sub-editor

Authored by: Charles Morris

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-14

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Abstract

Sub-editors are the most unheralded of journalistic cogs, as vital as any reporter or section editor, yet there are no awards for Sub-Editor of the Year, and precious little appreciation from those whose work they shape, cut, fact-check, decorate and sell with headlines, graphics, factboxes, photographs, captions etc. The advent of the internet brought discussions about eliminating sub-editors, but if owners and managers wish to maintain a publication's reputation for credibility and accuracy, that second pair of eyes will always be necessary. And furthermore, what computer could ever come up with “SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC, CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS”?

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