“We’re a website. We don’t need sub-editors.”
I’ve heard that, and similar, comments from editors and writers of online publications on a few occasions.
I don’t know whether these people think a sub-editor’s skills are only of use in a print publication; they believe that the an online publication’s ability to instantly publish corrections means they don’t need sub-editors; or if they simply don’t understand what a sub-editor’s role involves.
So, for those online editors who are unsure what a good sub-editor can do for them, read this story taken from the website of the Irish Independent newspaper.
One of the duties of a sub-editor is to check facts, such as times, dates and people’s names. This to ensure information in an article is correct before it is published.