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... but sent to it, this biting and incisive letter from its copy editors.

After we were compared to dogs urinating on fire hydrants when we edited stories, in an internal report that called for the elimination of "low-value editing" and made it all but clear which stages of editing this referred to — so much so that it became a running joke among the copy desks for months ("How's the low-value editing going in your section today?") — along with the report's implication that copy editing was merely finding "easily identifiable errors, such as spelling and grammar mistakes";
 
After some of us were recruited for "editing tests" to streamline the process, or, as it turned out, figure out how to make our own jobs obsolete;


After we were told that to remain employed, we would have to apply for new "strong editor" positions meant to be a hybrid of the two types of editors at The Times, backfielders and copy editors, and realized only copy editors had to be reevaluated categorically;

 

After we were told that this "restructuring" would also reduce our numbers by more than half;

After completing a first round of interviews, some held by interviewers who clearly had not even read our résumés and cover letters, and competing against the very colleagues we are leaning on in these times;


Read the whole damn thing.

Date: 2017-06-28 10:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
Haaah, wow. Yeah, I'm reminded of when someone told me all their copyediting jobs were done because "Word takes care of that now." Well it's at least obvious with the net that fact-checking and careful proofing are now more needed than ever....except now all the copyeditors forced to freelance are worried about their health insurance, if they have any.

Date: 2017-06-29 04:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ithiliana
There is a whole new category of errors in my student papers these days: I call them Word errors meaning when students accept whatever the crappy spell and grammar check suggests. The top editors are about to screw up in a major way.

Date: 2017-06-29 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
Yeah, a human eye can catch "tea or two" instead of "tea for two" because of the context and editing experience. But that person has to be paid a nonliving wage and maybe given health benefits (or neither, in the case of a freelancer). Shock horror!

That also tells me people who have grown up running software programs to check spelling don't really know how to proofread, which is sadly no surprise.

Date: 2017-07-01 10:59 am (UTC)
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At my company, I'm essentially working in the shiny new post copy-editor (subeditor over here) future. It's... not very good. We seem to get 'restructured' every other month, so nobody ever really knows what their role is. In the decade and more I've been working in this industry I've never seen morale so close to absolute rock-bottom (but then I've said that before). It's long past time for me to be digging my CV and portfolio out of the deep-freeze, but then again, apathy.

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