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(Jim Romenesko)   Newspaper which fired copy editors discovers that it needs copy editors, asks for volunteers   (jimromenesko.com) divider line 34
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2014-04-03 01:45:53 PM
On the plus side, photojournalists may be able to stop collecting unemployment.
 
2014-04-03 01:55:24 PM
Ask a colleague to read your stuff before you post it. Or your spouse. Or your significant other. I can't tell you how many times my wife has caught typos in my stuff

I hate it when my wife catches typos in my stuff.

And "Zero Tolerance"?  Maybe you should hire a copy editor, you cheap short sighted bastard.
 
2014-04-03 02:04:56 PM
Isn't "Zero Tolerance" a porn production company?
 
2014-04-03 02:19:36 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Isn't "Zero Tolerance" a porn production company?

It is. I believe they even have a crosshair instead of one of the o's in their name. Why do I know this shiat!?
 
2014-04-03 02:47:13 PM

exick: I believe they even have a crosshair surveyor's mark instead of one of the o's in their name

 
2014-04-03 04:38:17 PM
Zero tolerance?  Great, the KKK is publishing again
 
2014-04-03 04:48:49 PM
Just run it through the Fark filters, I'm sure it will work out fine.
 
2014-04-03 05:08:12 PM

Arkanaut: Just run it through the Fark filters, I'm sure it will work out potato.


FTFY
 
2014-04-03 05:15:09 PM
Surely "Newspaper that fired copy editors", per AP Style Guide?

/IANA Copy Editor, but I will play one for free
 
2014-04-03 05:34:36 PM
If you want something done well, pay a professional to do it. If you want something half-assed and botched, ask for volunteers.
 
2014-04-03 05:42:17 PM

macdaddy357: If you want something done well, pay a professional to do it. If you want something half-assed and botched, ask for volunteers.


For reference, see the Occupy movement
 
2014-04-03 05:55:11 PM
"Newspaper which fired copy editors discovers that it needs copy editors, asks for four volunteers"

/Pet peeve
 
2014-04-03 06:23:56 PM
Why bother with copy editors or spelling at all anymore? Literacy in the US is dropping like mad anyway.

When I went through J school in the early 80s, we were told to write for a 10th grade level and we thought that was atrociously low. Today, the goal is to write for a 6th grade level.
 
2014-04-03 06:31:15 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Ask a colleague to read your stuff before you post it. Or your spouse. Or your significant other. I can't tell you how many times my wife has caught typos in my stuff

I hate it when my wife catches typos in my stuff.

And "Zero Tolerance"?  Maybe you should hire a copy editor, you cheap short-sighted bastard.


FTFY.
"Short-sighted" takes a hyphen there because it modifies bastard.
 
2014-04-03 06:35:02 PM

czetie: Surely "Newspaper that fired copy editors", per AP Style Guide?

/IANA Copy Editor, but I will play one for free


That, which, one is restrictive and the other is nonrestrictive.

/Ha.
//Former copy chief on a national desk.
 
2014-04-03 07:00:57 PM
The Republican Plan is working! Soon EVERYONE will labor for free!

/Yeesh
 
2014-04-03 07:27:09 PM
I'd send all my stuff to him, you farkin do it you short-sighted asshole.  Then I'd quit and get a real job.
 
2014-04-03 07:27:40 PM
I can see being a volunteer editor being fun. Spelling things down the edge of the article, subtly changing every quote, putting the headline in 'lolcat', etc.

The trick would be to slip in enough people into the positions so that when one was let go for replacing every mention of Nancy Pelosi in the archive with 'Thundertits', the next could start up.

After five or six sackings, perhaps they'll hire real people.
 
2014-04-03 07:28:45 PM
Word finds my typos for free.
 
2014-04-03 07:35:03 PM
This is what happens when the "publisher" is some douche from the ad department.
 
2014-04-03 08:38:57 PM
As a former proof reader and copy editor, I refuse to care about other people's spelling mistakes for free.

/this machine kills grammar nazis
 
2014-04-03 09:13:32 PM

NormallyTechnos: I can see being a volunteer editor being fun. Spelling things down the edge of the article, subtly changing every quote, putting the headline in 'lolcat', etc.

The trick would be to slip in enough people into the positions so that when one was let go for replacing every mention of Nancy Pelosi in the archive with 'Thundertits', the next could start up.

After five or six sackings, perhaps they'll hire real people.


God.  Damn.  You!!!

i.imgur.com

/Thunder
//THUNDER
///THUNDERTITS, HOOOOO!
 
2014-04-03 09:22:15 PM

Fark you, stupid bastards!

As a lead technical writer, I just went through this a year ago. Before that time, I led a team of more than a dozen writers and editors. A year ago, that entire team, to a person, was terminated. We went from 14 to 2 people - my manager and my self. My manager, the only other person in the company that understood content engineering, was fired just a few weeks ago. I was expected to be the writer, editor, and publisher for a software development company that didn't understand, and still does not understand, that customers can't use their software if they don't tell customers how it works. We went from a writer-driven model to a contributor-driven model, with "contributors" barely able to write sixth-grade English, never mind actually worry about things like technical accuracy, content design, or content presentation issues. That company dismantled a working single-source, multiple-delivery structured content team the likes of which were the envy of other companies (my manager presented, more than once, how we accomplished what we did at conferences, and served as a subject matter expert for implementing enterprise content engineering on a budget.)

It's almost as if there's this weird push to devalue the written word in the digital world. I find that odd.
 
2014-04-03 09:50:11 PM

EvilEgg: Word finds my typos for free.


But there is no their there.
 
2014-04-03 10:58:09 PM
The managers who were put in charge to lead journalism into the new digital frontier are now being pressured to produce results by the latest round of owners - many of them hedge fund managers and other financiers.

Little do those idiots know that the business of journalism can no longer support large corporate ownership. It's up to a new wave of independent local journalists to rise up and take the reins.
 
2014-04-04 04:26:46 AM
I doin't sea what the prahblem is. I kin spell prefectly fine. Grammur is moar importint then speeling.
 
2014-04-04 07:55:56 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: EvilEgg: Word finds my typos for free.

But there they're is no their there.


Fixed.

/Oblig
 
2014-04-04 10:52:29 AM

Cold soup: It's up to a new wave of independent local journalists to rise up and take the reins.


Wha???

Local content is boring and has no readership because no one wants to read about a 7-11 2 states away that was robbed.
 
2014-04-04 12:54:14 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: Marcus Aurelius: Ask a colleague to read your stuff before you post it. Or your spouse. Or your significant other. I can't tell you how many times my wife has caught typos in my stuff

I hate it when my wife catches typos in my stuff.

And "Zero Tolerance"?  Maybe you should hire a copy editor, you cheap short-sighted bastard.

FTFY.
"Short-sighted" takes a hyphen there because it modifies bastard.


I assume that you have some knowledge of his height and vision capabilities.
 
2014-04-04 01:47:58 PM

mrlewish: Cold soup: It's up to a new wave of independent local journalists to rise up and take the reins.

Wha???

Local content is boring and has no readership because no one wants to read about a 7-11 2 states away that was robbed.


Depends, did the robber return a few hours later wanting to return the stuff?

/Florida always finds a way
 
2014-04-04 02:05:29 PM

BumpInTheNight: mrlewish: Cold soup: It's up to a new wave of independent local journalists to rise up and take the reins.

Wha???

Local content is boring and has no readership because no one wants to read about a 7-11 2 states away that was robbed.

Depends, did the robber return a few hours later wanting to return the stuff?


No, thank you, you may keep the Depends.
 
2014-04-05 01:34:30 AM
As a former copy editor, I can assure anyone interested that it is one of the most thankless tasks in the world. Almost every writer takes personal offense to being corrected and acts like you're rewriting Shakespeare when you simply apply house style to their writing. Nobody likes being corrected, especially people who consider themselves "professional." I trust most Farkers have seen enough "professional" writing to know how bad some "pros" are, and trust me, the worst ones usually throw the biggest tantrums regardless of the rules of the publication.

Being a copy editor also essentially turns you into a professional nit-picker, and it starts affecting other parts of your life, and nothing ever seems quite as good as it should be. It becomes difficult to find satisfaction, especially when reading for leisure, but I found myself constantly annoyed by signs, menus, memos, etc.Sometimes I would proofread a menu instead of making a lunch selection. It was maddening and I am happy not to do it anymore.

And anyone who thinks copy editing is the same as finding typos doesn't know what they're talking about. That's proofreading, a different job. Computers can't copy-edit, but they can do a half-assed proofreading job. They won't catch misspelled words that by chance look like other real words -- for example, if I accidentally typed an "s" before "word" and had "sword" instead, I give you my sword a computer wouldn't find that error.

Anyone who would volunteer for such work by definition wouldn't know what they were doing, because if you know how to do it, you know it's a skill set that has value.
 
2014-04-05 02:32:35 AM

soseussme: As a former copy editor...


I have a question for you.  Is there some reason why copy editors (and editors and writers) don't use any of their skills when writing emails?  I ask as a former IT guy for a pretty big magazine who was sometimes flabbergasted by their emails.  The messages often had no capitalization, improper or no punctuation, spelling errors, and some downright vicious crimes against grammar.  But the work that went to press was always excellent.
 
2014-04-05 02:42:28 AM

Parthenogenetic: NormallyTechnos: I can see being a volunteer editor being fun. Spelling things down the edge of the article, subtly changing every quote, putting the headline in 'lolcat', etc.

The trick would be to slip in enough people into the positions so that when one was let go for replacing every mention of Nancy Pelosi in the archive with 'Thundertits', the next could start up.

After five or six sackings, perhaps they'll hire real people.

God.  Damn.  You!!!

[i.imgur.com image 393x650]

/Thunder
//THUNDER
///THUNDERTITS, HOOOOO!


i1.kym-cdn.com
 
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