Editors occupy a unique place in the hierarchy of a modern news publication staff: They are part of the entire process. Editors help plan coverage from the moment an idea is born, and they guide packaging until the published end. Editors manage teams of reporters and other editors on the front lines of the battlefield known as the newsroom - all while juggling tasks, working against deadlines and taking criticism, and some praise, from the public.
"A Little About a Lot and a Lot About a Little" gathers basic truths from nearly 200 newspaper editors at publications in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries to answer this question: What's it really like to be an editor in the 21st century?
More specifically, the 147-page booklet contains advice, tips, observations and in-jokes touching upon nearly every aspect of modern-day news editing, including full story editing and people management, with a full chapter on working with reporters. It's a glimpse into the newsroom and a look at the ins-and-outs of an editor's life, with tips for college students on how to get ready for it.
The booklet was reported and edited by Daniel Reimold, a former special projects reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer and current E.W. Scripps Teaching Fellow and mass communication doctoral candidate in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.