Role of 1st Round Editor
- Edit articles lists as “uploaded” in the blog and magazine.
- Add the source code and format the article properly.
- Make sure the article is SEO formatted with Tags and Categories.
- Be familiar with the blog and magazine. Spend a few minutes skimming through articles and getting a feel of the style.
- Read the Writer’s Guidebook. To succeed as an editor, you’ll need to know the guide inside out.
- Get access to the blog and BORGEN Magazine from your manager.
- Read this page.
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Checklist when Editing
- Check the sources to make sure the content is not plagiarized.
- Make sure the author has used more than one source. If they haven’t, email [email protected] giving the article name and the issue. An in-office editor will contact the author. Save the article as “Not Ready.”
- On the News Team & Assignment Desk document, under the Articles Underway tab, put your name next to each article that you’ve edited. This is very important.
- Add in Tags: these are keywords that come from the article. Use 3-5 and the first letter of each word needs to capitalized.
- Add Categories: the blog can have as many categories as seem fitting. The magazine only gets one category.
Below outlines the categories that articles go through and the roles of each editor.
Breakdown of Roles
- Leads skim through the articles in the inbox, assign articles to the blog or magazine, and copy/paste articles from the inbox into posts. They assign all articles to “uploaded.” HQ only (in-office editors)
- 1st Round Editors take articles from the “uploaded” folder. They do a normal 1st round edit (including formatting the links and filling out the SEO) and then assign articles to “Edit 1 Complete.”
- Visual Editors take articles that are in the “Edit 1 Complete” folder and add images, double check links, and make sure the whole visual appearance of the article is correct (link size, italics and spacing). They then move them to the “Photo Added” folder.
- 2nd Round Editors take “Photo Added” articles and edit for any mistakes (grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, flow of the article). They then assign articles to the “Edit 2 Complete” folder.
- Publishers do a final quality check and schedule a time for articles in the “Edit 2 Complete” folder to appear. HQ only (in-office editors)
- If at any point in the process one of the editors notices a problem (only one source, no author name, biased tone, plagiarism) they save the article as “Not Ready” and email [email protected].
When There’s Not Enough Articles to Edit… Start Writing.
The chart below will give you an idea of the weekly targets to reach.
Editors Chart for Knowing When and How Many Articles to Write (out of office Editors)
2 hours = 14 edits + Write 1 article
4 hours = 28 edits + Write 2 articles
6 hours = 42 edits + Write 2 articles
8 hours = 56 edits + Write 1-2 articles
10 hours = 70 edits + Write 1 article
12 hours = 84 edits
14 hours = 98 edits
Average Time it Takes to…
– Write an article = 2-3 hours
– Edit 14 articles = 2 hours