Unlocked: 10 secrets about editors and their mysterious, marvellous, manic ways - and why we should love them
A sad reality about today's digitally driven and metric-obsessed newsrooms is the diminished standing of the never-humble newspaper editor.
Less and less, we have editors of newspapers. More and more, we have content directors across platforms.
Less and less, editors are kings and queens of their domain - the personification of their masthead's place in the community. More and more, slick marketing of digital assets takes prime position.
Oh, well, that's the media business today and let's not get too romantic about it all.
That said, I'd like to think there's a little bit of the old editor in all of today's news hounds. Particularly, the good bits, of which there are many.
So in a rather dubious salute to my editor colleagues I'd like to unlock the top 10 secrets about them - and what makes them tick.
A veritable platypus of human society, the editor is an oddity - to be admired, feared and mulled over all at the same time. But praise be the editor, whose curiosity in their habitat is only surpassed by the interest in how they behave. Long may they live.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stuart Howie has spent many of his 30 years in media as an editor and newsroom leader.
Stuart Howie is a Canberra-based communications consultant. He has worked with organisations, private and public, in Australia and New Zealand, helping them to discover, shape and tell their stories. He is the author of The DIY Newsroom, which won Social Media Book of the Year at the Australian Business Book Awards. Stuart has worked in media, publishing and communications for more than 30 years as an executive, editor and strategist.