Disappearing copy desks, and why it matters

John McIntyre talks about the harm done to all of us by the trend of disappearing copy desks:

"What you can expect from the copy-editor-free newsroom is a first-draft text from a writer to which someone bearing the title of editor will have made a quick swipe before posting it online. You will notice the typos and lapses in grammar and usage, which stand out. What you may not be so quick to notice is that the reporting is often thin, superficial, uncritical, because no one was there to pose hard questions."

This is true of even the best reporters. It's nearly impossible to see the holes in your own stories. The loss is almost impossible to explain, but McIntyre does it well.

Read the whole post here.

Posted on May 23, 2012 .