What is the relationship between permissions editor and fact checker?

Both the Permissions Editor and the Fact Checker work under the awareness of their publisher’s obligation to publish works properly. They differ as the Permissions Editor works to credit sources and the Fact Checker strives to substantiate claims. The Permissions Editor obtains content approval for copyrighted or patented materials, whereas the The Fact Checker verifies the statistics and assertions made primarily in newspapers, periodicals, etc. Regarding permissions, each provides basic parameters regarding authorship, as individual book contracts specify the level of permissions
necessary. This differs from fact checking, for specific validations are made based on verification. The extent of overlapping between the two professions varies. The relationship between Permissions Editor & Fact Checker is subject to the functioning of specific workplaces.

Permissions Editor
When an author submits a manuscript to be published, the Permissions Editor assesses the manuscript’s specific photographs, reprints, charts, text quotes, etc. This assessment is done on the specific items that were found during the author’s research, as the Permissions Editor is to determine whether permissions are needed for each item to printed in the manuscript. Once permissions are deemed necessary, the Permissions Editor obtains written permission from the item’s original producer and determines the proper placement of each credit within themanuscript.

Though there is no degree in editing for permissions, the typical Permissions Editor has an undergraduate degree in English and has attended seminars given by publishing institutes (such as the Denver Publishing Institute). A law degree is also useful, although not a necessary requirement. Before becoming a Permissions Editor most have held prior editorial positions and have a current understanding of publication legality.

Permissions editing will always be in demand, as publishers will continue to give author’s recognition for their original work.

Fact Checker
The Fact Checker inspects the validity of assertions made in unpublished texts. The profession primarily entails ensuring the soundness of each claim made in periodicals and other non-fictional texts. There is no specific process to this researching work, though Fact Checkers must be skilled in quickly locating validating research.

There are no specific educational requirements to becoming a Fact Checker, though bachelor degrees in journalism, information sciences, and communications are most common. Previous experience in editing and/or research is strongly recommended.

Modern innovations and digital technology is expanding the accessibility of factual information. Organizations such as FactCheck and NewTrust threaten the profession of Fact Checking, as these programs are allowing electronic verification of information prior to become more prominent.

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By Annie Daniel


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