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Tania Noriz, Editor-in-Chief, Atención San Miguel

Meet the Library

Jade Arroyo

In addition to the reporters and contributors, there is always another person behind a publication. This someone else has a clinical eye for deciphering through darkness. Being an editor is a job that is to some extent invisible, and yet, like domestic work, it is only noticed when it is not done or when something fails. The public sees the error and remembers that someone let it escape.

Tania Noriz is a woman who has a deep love for words. “I was born to talk and communicate,” she affirms with the strength of one who does not lie. She is someone who believes in books, and the written word as a vehicle of knowledge, socialization, culture, and pleasure. While inviting others to read, the editor is both a midwife and a hostess. Gabriel Zaid reminds us of the editor as a midwife. There is a metaphor in the etymology of the word editor: from the Latin edere: to give out. Like Socrates and his dialectic method, which consists in using questions to draw from another person the wisdom “that was asking to be born,” the editor guides the dialogue between authors and readers.

Editors working for newspapers or magazines may be responsible for the entire publication. They decide what pieces will be included and how they will be laid out. Depending on the publication, they can also examine and select proposals or new ideas for articles to suggest to the writers.

Editors also manage budgets and hire staff. They usually oversee the work of copywriters and proofreaders, who are responsible for reviewing the written work to verify accuracy, spelling, usage, grammar errors, conformity to the newspaper’s style guide, as well as identifying potential legal issues.

They supervise the work of one or more editorial assistants and work as a team with people such as designers, production and marketing, and they also organize meetings.

Tania’s specific tasks go beyond what we can enumerate in these two pages, worthy of being filled with more interesting things about this woman from Celaya.

Tania has a team of nine people in the editorial, production, marketing and administration areas who produce every week’s issue of Atención. She communicates closely with reporters and the editorial assistant, responding to notes and reports and processing editorial material.

The production of Atención is a special case since much of the content is not generated internally, but comes from external contributions. Different authors and members of the community send their informative articles on topics of culture, art, events, sociology, academics, and opinion.

The editorial priorities are to ensure that the newspaper runs smoothly, to coordinate the various departments, to discuss the work of all members, and to ensure that the information being disseminated is objective, truthful, interesting, and impartial.

Through the reporter, different voices involved express themselves, making a journalistic commitment, but also not making judgments. The journalist lets the case show itself, through its history and its actors. The work is performed with this premise in mind.

Tania was named editor on November 14, 2014, but her relationship with the newspaper goes further back. Her association with Atención for more than 10 years under several editors has allowed her to achieve a deep understanding of how the newspaper works, from its beginning structure (bones) to the finished product.

Tania studied International Relations in Celaya. While studying, she took her firsts steps as a writer for the morning newspaper, AM, of that city. After a stay in Canada, she arrived in San Miguel de Allende, where she fell in love with the magic of the town.

In 2003 when she first joined Atención, she was a reporter, and she had to live through the transition from production to the completely digital world. In that first incarnation more than a decade ago, she learned a lot from her mentors, the editor at that time, Suzanne Ludekens, and Kendall Butler, he proofreader. They gave generous support and passed on their knowledge and respect for ethics and for questioning the world and one’s place in it.

Tania worked for three years for the municipal government in the department of economic development and support to artisans. After completing this time in the government, she returned to Atención, this time as an editorial assistant and then assistant editor.

Along with her professional life and her logical questions, Tania has been enjoying many fulfilling experiences. She shares life with her two men, her son and her partner, who are her inspriation. “Being a mother is the best gift life has given to me and my son has taught me to live with humor, kindness, justice, and tranquility.”

Tania is a lover of the prose of García Márquez, Ángeles Mastretta, José Agustín, Greek tragedies and gossip magazines.


Here is Tania in her own words, according to her blog Chubby love is not a crime is her blog and is her personal and literary catharsis.

“Tania Noriz is a 39-year-old female, severely affected by the wishful thinking syndrome. According to some people, especially the father of her son, she tends to see things that do not exist and make drama of everything until she realizes that reality is very different from the things that had been drawn in her head. Her sense of (in)maturity has led her to dye her hair bright red and to separate her reality in various ways, which has caused, among other things, her saintly mother to suggest that she be wrapped as soon as possible, like a green avocado, in newspaper so that she will please mature soon…”



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