Our class is reading “Coaching Writers” by Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute and Don Fry, a noted Poynter writing coach. We are reflecting on the differences between editors who “coach” and editors who “fix.” The students in the class are posting their responses to the following two questions, but we invite anyone to join our conversation.
1. Who should control a story, the reporter/writer or the editor? Why?
2. Think about your experience with editors or with teachers who have graded your journalistic writing. Were they primarily “coaches” or “fixers”? Give examples of the kind of feedback you received from them, and what you learned from that feedback. Which kind of editor did you prefer? If you have done some editing, which kind of editor are you? Which kind do you want to be? If you share unhappy tales of an editor or teacher, please don’t include their names. Feel free, however, to name the editors you praise.