Poor news leader protected by tricky editing (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'poor' is the definition.
('indigent' can be similar in meaning to 'poor')
'news leader protected by tricky editing' is the subsidiary indication.
'leader' indicates taking the first letters.
'protected by' indicates putting letters inside.
'tricky' indicates anagramming the letters.
The initial letter of 'news' is 'n'.
'editing' with letters rearranged gives 'idigent'.
'n' put inside 'idigent' is 'indigent'.
(Other definitions for indigent that I've seen before include "Needy, poverty-stricken", "Poor enough to need help from others", "Poverty-stricken, needy", "Badly off", "Impoverished -- ending it (anag)", "Poor and needy", "Very poor", "poor fellow", "Destitute" and "Impoverished, destitute".)