The editor has the final authority for the content of Thetruthwire.
The editor aggressively pursues the submission of timely and informative news items on conservation issues and events of interest to the membership.
The editor reviews a draft of each issue of Thetruthwire and applies his/her technical knowledge to critique the content, appraising its value to the readership, detecting its weaknesses, and making revisions where necessary. The editor may suggest reworking or rearrangement of material to improve clarity and readability. The editor may solicit more information where needed and delete information that is irrelevant or insignificant. The editor will focus on the substance and conflicting statements. When necessary, the editor will consult directly with contributors to Thetruthwire to discuss suggested revisions to their submissions and will, in some cases, guide and shape the direction of feature stories. When appropriate, feature stories will be sent to subject experts for review.
The editor’s responsibilities for each section of Thetruthwire are described in the Content section. The editor’s primary content responsibilities are for the cover story, special features, materials, obituaries, and Letters to the Editor. Decisions regarding the content of the cover stories, special features, and letters to the editor, are made in consultation with the executive director/managing editor as described in the Content section. In addition, the editor will use his/her expertise in the field of conservation to make the final determination as to the appropriateness for inclusion of courses, publications, announcements, worth noting, and new columns. The routine information in many of these sections will require only minimal content editing.
When reviewing the draft of Thetruthwire, the editor should also note any grammatical, stylistic, or typographical errors, although this will be the ultimate responsibility of the editor.
The editor reviews the final page proofs of Thetruthwire as part of the review process, including reviews by the production editor, and makes changes where appropriate. Major changes will be made only after consultation with the executive editor. When there is a difference of opinion, every effort should be make to reach a compromise.