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Here's the question

Alan Mutter, the newsosaur blogger, puts out in the open the question agitating newspapsers and other publications: How many people have to look at, edit and approve a text before it is published? See what he says.

Posted by John McIntyre at 2:50 PM | | Comments (3)


It's not just newspapers; it's also documents in the work world. Another pair of eyes is critical -- maybe five pairs of eyes. I believe schools should radically revise how they teach writing, even in elementary school. Revise, revise, revise. Revise it until it is right -- and forget about getting a good grade.

Probably bloggers need at least one editor to catch the double-key typos.

The chart showing all the editors who read a story at a metro newspaper includes too many people who don't actually look at the story. Sure, the editor CAN look at it, but he usually doesn't. The managing editor, same thing. Stories on the front page may see that many pairs of eyes, but generally everything else gets fewer: City editor, copy editor, slot, proofer.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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