A memo from Contra Costa Times Executive Editor Dave Butler shows that another MediaNews paper is shifting copy-editing responsibilities within the newsroom. Thursday morning, Westword published a memo from Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore
saying copy-editing would be moved to the "content-generating level," with cuts to the copy-editing staff.
Now Butler tells his staff that senior editors have been discussing changes at the Contra Costa Times and with other Digital First Media newspapers. "Our idea, like Denver's, is to put more responsibility for copy editing on the editor doing the initial story read -- especially on routine stories," he writes. The changes will result in about 10 to 12 job cuts, he says. Here's how he describes the overall shift:
Those of you on our committees rethinking "digital first" are aware of many discussions about how to get copy editing done earlier in the process -- with the focus more on digital and less on the paper -- and more of a once-and-done approach to stories, rather than writing and editing several versions. Similar efforts are going on across the company -- especially at larger papers, where more traditional copy desks continue to operate. A second or third edit on most stories has become a luxury most newspapers no longer can afford.
The San Jose Mercury News and The Oakland Tribune, among others
, also are part of Bay Area News Group.
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