This, to me, is part of the pact between writer and editor on big or small pieces of writing -- anything you deem worthy of more attention than a typical daily story gets. It could be the 300-word narratives we did on the 9/11 anniversary a couple years ago, or a full-blowout enterprise-length narrative.
So even though she's titled this 'story editing,' this is a two-way street. A reporter and editor cannot reach these heights without trusting each other and working together toward the same goals.
Engages the idea and the writer, before it engages the copy.
Deals with the soul and structure of a story, before it deals with syntax and style.
Answers the question: What is this story about? And then serves that answer.
Happens before and throughout the reporting/writing process, not after.
Transforms the reporter into a storyteller.
Is a partnership of writer, publication and audience.
Uses all the (verbal, visual and multimedia) storytelling tools available.
Requires line-by-line journalistic discipline and rigor.
Honors the writer's voice.
Thinks always of the reader."