Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Kudos to a Copy Editor

John Young, a copy editor and slot at the Tulsa World, will be inducted April 7 into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He's one of the few copy editors in Oklahoma to be so honored; the inductees usually are publishers or high-profile editors or reporters.

John also is an original member of the American Copy Editors Society, and he attended the first ACES conference in Chapel Hill, N.C.

He has worn many hats, from sports editor of his hometown Cushing Daily Citizen to reporter for United Press International in Dallas, where he helped cover the Kennedy assassination. Young served as UPI bureau manager in Kansas City, editor of the Sapulpa Daily Herald, news editor for The Tulsa Tribune and assistant news editor at the Tulsa World. The Oklahoma Press Association honored him with the Beachy Musselman Award in 1979. He's a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is the quintessential copy editor who serves as a newsroom leader and mentor, whose goal is always, "How can we best tell this story to our readers?"

Thanks to Sharon Baldwin for noting.

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