When I worked in communications for an international airline, I remember a tour behind the scenes…
When commissioned to proofread magazines, newsletters, reports, manuals and web sites before they are sent to print or published on the internet, often we find major inconsistencies throughout the document, which require considerable rewriting or editing. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to do this and the document is produced with only the worst errors and typos corrected. Anyone producing a long document can avoid this by assuming the role of editor and managing production from start to finish.
When the committee writes a document, the result is often a variety of inconsistent spellings, grammar and punctuation. The same phrase can be written three different ways on the same page, sometimes with capitals, sometimes without. Generally, it’s a mess.
As the editor of a magazine for an organisation, I was interested to hear someone criticise some of the views expressed by contributors to the magazine.
Now, as editor, I do not necessarily agree with or share the views of contributors, but I don’t believe my role is to censor those views which do not coincide with my own.