Copy editors: An endangered species

The troubling trend of decreased quality control at newspapers and Web sites continues. Copy editors remain in the cross hairs of newspaper management — and the layoffs are most likely to continue. Unfortunately, copy editors have long be seen as expendable and their work behind the scenes unappreciated.

As Craig Silverman notes in CJR, asking reporters to use spell check ain’t gonna cut it. (Be sure to click on his “beef panties” example.)

The issue is another great example of how newspapers need to be creative in solving their problems. And it’s another great example of how journalism schools need to nurture students to be innovative in their thinking.

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