What makes a good editor? It’s a simple question that can be answered in a variety of ways. It’s completely subjective, of course, but it’s always interesting to hear what people think. The New York Times, as part of its Times Premier package, asked some of its staffers for their thoughts, and below are some highlights.
A good editor is the enemy of clichés and tropes, but not the overburdened writer who occasionally resorts to them.
A great editor makes you feel safe and supported enough to take chances, but pipes up when you’re taking a truly stupid one.
She or he stands behind the reporter throughout any firestorm that ensues. A spine of steel is imperative.