UNC J Prof tries his hand at being a Web editor
As Henry Fuhrmann, the senior copy desk chief for the Web, told meon my first day: "Editing for online is like drinking water from a firehose."
What should the centerpiece on the site's home page be right now? In 30 minutes? An hour? What news merits a post on a reporter's blog, and what is worth a full-fledged story? Or is there a difference? Which stories should allow reader comments, and how do we handle those comments on stories? The answers are evolving as the medium evolves and challenges our news judgment.
Among the otherlessons learned:
- Prepare to work hard
- Be flexible
- Understand search engine optimization