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 Post subject: News from the City of Destiny
PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:49 pm 
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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.

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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.


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 Post subject: Re: News from the City of Destiny
PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:24 pm 
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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?)


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 Post subject: Re: News from the City of Destiny
PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:42 pm 
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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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