Testy Copy Editors

News from the City of Destiny
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Author:  J Kaufman [ Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:49 pm ]
Post subject:  News from the City of Destiny

A Tacoma, Wash., newspaper that previously gutted its copy desk, and hence reduced the paper's quality, has decided to 1. hire a copy editor and 2. check the index and page jumps and 3. lift the monastic stricture of silence. That'll count as three miracles toward sainthood.

Improved editing is one of our newsroom goals for the second half of 2010. Here are some of our plans:

• Adjust our schedule so more editors work in the evening, when copy is moving quickly.

• Fill a copy editing position we’ve held open for budgetary reasons.

• Provide training in skeptical editing.

• Get stories to the copy desk earlier to allow more editing time.

• Establish protocols for editing a story or proofing a page when time is short.

• Encourage more chatter on the desk when perfecting important headlines.

• Hold a 4 p.m. huddle between dayside editors and the desk to better organize the evening’s work flow.

• Require the copy desk chief to sign off that the A1 index is right, that stories jump to the right pages and that other mechanics are correct.

Author:  Heartodixie [ Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: News from the City of Destiny

From the Stating the Obvious Dept.: When'd that stuff become above and beyond the call of duty? (And shouldn't "skeptical editing" be redundant?)

Author:  Rio [ Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: News from the City of Destiny

I'll at least give the News Tribune credit for realizing that it has overlooked the basics and is seeking to fix the problem, beginning with hiring a copy editor.

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