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MediaNews Group: ‘Downward sprial’ indeed

Friday, May 25, 2012

Here’s how the rolling MediaNews Group policy of getting rid of copy editors (something abruptly announced at the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area MediaNews properties a couple of weeks ago) is playing out at the Denver Post. Steve Myers at Poynter quotes Post editor Gregory Moore on the scheme to spread copy-editing chores around the newsroom:
Under the old system, Moore said, a story often would be read six or seven times. Now it will be two or three, perhaps more if it’s a big, high-stakes story. For this to work, staff will have to be trained on a variety of skills, such as writing headlines for print and the Web and, of course, copy editing.
Noted: That “Downward sprial” headline goof in the Post showed up the day before Myers wrote about the MediaNews copy editor purge.
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