From the copy editing trenches
The news is not good.
A correspondent to the American Copy Editors Society discussion board reports this from one of the midsized Media General papers that just laid off three in the newsroom, including a copy editor and has left five other positions vacant:
Well, we've had newsroom meetings and copydesk meetings the past few days, and we finally got the high sheriffs to admit that future circulation declines will mean more staff cuts. ... Their advice: learn as much as you can to make yourself more valuable so you can stick around longer. And have a "Plan B" in place.And Jock Lauterer of the University of North Carolina, in one of his summer jaunts around the Tar Heel State, writes this on his blog after a visit to the Shelby Star:
Uh huh. We'll just let that hang there and let you all comment on it.
And it’s a brave new world that requires risk-taking.
Editor Jon Jimison recalls “it was kind of scary” when the Star put up a drug bust story “completely without editing.” But Jon thinks this is just a new dynamic newsfolk may have to get used to. “There’s not always going to be an editor around,” he says.