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The newfound power of the social media editor

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is the editor controlling most people’s front page. Image by Niall Kennedy

The New York Times is “retiring” the traditional practice of pitching stories for the newspaper’s front page, reports Poynter’s MediaWire:

“Under the new system, each desk at The New York Times will pitch stories to be considered for “Dean’s list,” a list of stories that get “the very best play on all our digital platforms,” including Web, mobile and social platforms.”

And they are not alone.

As news organisations have moved from print-first to web-first to mobile-first the changing role of the social media editor has been fascinating to watch. Continue reading

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