Tuesday, June 24, 2008

UPDATE More on the Copy-Editing Column

Time to cowboy up, people. I'm collecting examples of why we're needed. Others welcome to join in.

Several people responded
to the Lawrence Downes' piece about the future of copy editing with a letter to The New York Times.

The ACES board also wrote.

But Brayden Simms writes about losing his new copy-editing job at the Miami Herald and says the work has been outsourced to India.

In the past, copy editors were often exempt or less affected by buyouts than were reporters. It appears those days are over, especially if this kind of thinking is what drives executives with no newspaper background to make the decisions they're making.

UPDATE: And then there's this.

An Indian company will take over copy editing duties for some stories published in The Orange County Register and will handle page layout for a community newspaper at the company that owns the Pulitzer Prize-winning daily, the newspaper confirmed Tuesday.

Orange County Register Communications Inc. will begin a one-month trial with Mindworks Global Media at the end of June, said John Fabris, a deputy editor at the Register.

Editors at Mindworks will work five shifts a week for one month, performing layout for the community paper and editing some stories in the flagship Register, Fabris said. Staffing at the company will not be affected, he said.

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