Editors: Do we really need them?
Are copy editors still needed? As newsrooms cut staffs, many have chosen to eliminate or greatly reduce the number of copy editors. Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander says copy editing cuts have led to more errors in that newspaper.
In a story for the American Journalism Review, Carl Sessions Stepp writes about more stories published online without going through an editor. In that article, Will Sullivan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about thinking of editing differently. He also suggests everyone needs to be his or her own editor.
Read both articles and tell me what you think. Are editors still needed? Or should their roles be redefined? Are there other ways to ensure quality, particularly when stories are posted quickly online? Do these articles make you think differently about your own role as a future journalist? How? Post your response in the comments section for your class before the start of class on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Remember: Edit yourself carefully before you post.