Editors: Your job is about to get outsourced — and that’s a good thing. Because it means knowledge workers doing less monkey-work.
During my career as a carpenter, I felt like I was in a safe place because building houses could never be automated. 3-D printers are about to take that safety net away. Moving into an editorial career, again, I felt secure that my job couldn’t be automated away. I believe that still to be true, but the job is changing dramatically. Five years ago when one of my colleagues told me that he thought we (as editors) would be entering content directly into a CMS rather than Word, the idea sounded pretty foreign. But that was exactly the focus of my last editorial position, when Hanley Wood recruited me to move their residential construction group to a digital-first workflow.