Friday, November 03, 2006

I Am What I Am ... So ... Uh ... What Am I?

More than once, I've been introduced as our television station's webmaster ... and more than once, I've offered a correction. There are a lot of skills, and a level of expertise that I associate with the phrase 'webmaster' ... skills and expertise in which I find myself lacking.

I prefer the job title 'Web Editor.' So, what's the difference?

I see a Webmaster as an IT professional that works on the internet and 'speaks' in HTML. I define a Web Editor as a News professional that works on the internet and 'speaks' in AP Style Manual.

Granted, this hardly seems a profound observation, or subject for consideration ... but, still, I'd like to know what you think.

6 comments:

Jimmy said...

Whatever you are I am. So let me know when you find out.

Jimmy

Jeff said...

Jimmy, whatever you are, you're a good one. :-)

Les said...

I like the KWES web site and visit often. Looks nice, easy to navigate and good content. Well done.

Jeff said...

Les, thanks for dropping in. I visit your site regularly. It offers a good perspective on television and broadcasting that I don't get on the other sites.

Jimmy said...

You have done a really good job at The Niner.com, Jeff ... keep it up.

Eric said...

Jeff, I agree with your perception of the difference in the two terms. Another way to look at it is that a webmaster is concerned with the structure and mechanics of the site; the web editor is concerned with the content. And, as they say -- and quite properly -- content is king, especially when it comes to news sites.

Of course, in reality neither job works exclusively within those defined domains, but I doubt that there's a job in any field that doesn't require the incumbent to occasionally step "outside the bounds."