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For now, editing is a commodity and less a craft

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There were signs of editors maybe taken out of the equation in news broadcasting more than 18 years ago while I was working as a news video editor in Singapore.

Looks like such change will be inevitable …

For now, editing is a commodity and less a craft

By Walter Biscardi on December 1st, 2011

As has been reported recently, CNN laid off 50 staffers, primarily videographers and editors.   Why?   Essentially after a three year internal review, CNN has determined that professional editors are not necessary to craft news stories any longer.   Instead they are expanding their iReport section allowing for more user generated content to be provided to the network, at absolutely zero cost to the network.   Yep, zero cost to the network since these folks won’t be paid.   I could go on about that part of the story, but Stephen Colbert explains it so well in this clip from “This Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.

Read full article here.

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