Know your copy editors
I was once directly subordinate to an editor who, for the two years that the editor was theoretically in charge of the copy desk, did not trouble to learn who all the copy editors were by name or by sight.
For a supervising editor, this may not be seen as a drawback — though a supervising editor who did not know all the reporters would be considered eccentric, if not incompetent — but for the copy desk itself, ticking along in obscurity has been customary, the mind of man remembereth not to the contrary.
But for a colleague such as an assigning editor or reporter, knowing who has hands on the copy is useful, perhaps even vital.
It would make unlikely the sort of scene, noted just this week, when a reporter* carried on volubly about the nasty, suspicious-minded copy editor who had the temerity to point out that he had gotten a person’s name wrong in his story — without realizing that he was standing next to that very copy editor.
*Don’t ask; I’m not telling.