Back to the future of editing with News21

For the second consecutive summer, I had the opportunity to work with talented students at UNC-Chapel Hill on Powering A Nation, a website about energy and the environment. The site, which officially launched today, is part of the News21 project.

As one of several faculty coaches, I advised the project’s editing team on issues of work flow, story editing, word choice and headlines. It was a pleasure to work with this group in our newsroom.

It’s important to note that members of the editing team, led by Mike Ehrlich, also served as reporters. As reporters wrapped up their stories, they were sometimes drafted for other duties, including help with editing. Everyone did a bit of everything, including video and social media.

The idea behind News21 is to serve as an incubator for multimedia journalism, where students can chart a course for the future of news. My work with the students this summer reinforced my belief that editing will play a significant role in that future.