The End of Copy Editing?

The blog Classical Bookworm led me to this column from the Washington Post on the decline of newspaper copy editing.

It’s a funny column, but sad at the same time. It’s hardly an exaggeration.

But perhaps some of the problem, at least at smaller papers, rests on the fact copy editors also spend a lot of time on page layout and design, acting as graphic designers, as well as editing copy, and writing headlines and photo captions.

While layout and design make a page visually interesting and should add to the story being told, the story, if badly edited, makes the whole thing fall apart.


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