Copy editing


The news industry can't cut its way to quality

You may not expect this, but I like James Robinson’s recent memo about clear cutting the copy desk at the Bay Area News Group. Why? It shows that Robinson, the managing editor for content at the newspaper group, is aware of the ramifications of the decision. And instead of just pretending that life can go on as normal without … Read More

This journalism Christmas card is a copy editor’s nightmare

It isn’t enough that copy editors have to spend the runup to Christmas deleting hackneyed holiday ledes from stories about seasonal recipes and gift exchanges. Now, they’re sending out holiday cards that offer a festive reminder of all the ulcer-inducing errors they’re bound to fix. Copy editors at The Times of London (or sub editors, for our brethren across the … Read More

Fact-checkers, copy editors on why they'll be affected by Michele Bachmann's retirement

U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday that she would not seek her seat next year, an announcement that will land hard on two constituencies: Fact-checkers and copy editors. "She was great to cover because she was consistently and unapologetically wrong," Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler told Poynter in an email. "But others will fill the breach, I am sure!" In a post bidding her adieu, Kessler wrote that Bachmann's absence "will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check." Read More