Testy Copy Editors

Help wanted
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Author:  J Kaufman [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  Help wanted

Copy editor sought. Must be proficient in grammar, spelling, knowledge of style. Scapegoats preferred.

Every once in awhile, we pull a gaffe that is almost impossible to explain. That happened with our Sunday editorial this week.

We organize stories via queues within the computer system – opinion, sports, local news, etc. For Sunday’s editorial page, we had a Sunday editorial and my editor column in the opinion queue. Both are clearly marked.

But for some reason this week, my editor column – which explained our coverage of the librarian controversy over the past week – ran where the Sunday editorial was supposed to be. It even ran with my column tagline that explains I am the editor of The Post-Star.

Both are opinion pieces, but columns and editorials are two different genres within the opinion world. The piece that ran Sunday was my opinion and not that of the entire editorial board, although it was less an opinion and more an explainer.

Obviously, one of our copy editors pulled the wrong copy for the wrong spot and then labeled it wrong.

It is hard to explain how that happened, but it did.

— Ken Tingley
[Glens Falls Post-Star]

Author:  haux [ Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help wanted

"Obviously." Not to mention cutbacks on the copy desk and more work piled on.

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