'Downward sprial' for Denver Post copy editing?

Earlier this week, Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore explained how the newspaper plans to spread copy-editing duties throughout the newsroom after it eliminates the copy editing desk and reassigns the remaining editors to individual desks.

Under the old system, Moore said, a story often would be read six or seven times. Now it will be two or three, perhaps more if it’s a big, high-stakes story.

For this to work, staff will have to be trained on a variety of skills, such as writing headlines for print and the Web and, of course, copy editing.

The day before my story was published, this headline ran in the paper:

Related: John McIntyre says to expect first drafts, quickly edited, after Denver Post eliminates copy desk

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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