The desk makes the difference
My esteemed colleague Daniel Hunt has posted a refreshing statement at the discussion board of the American Copy Editors Society. He quotes journalists in San Francisco as they explore what kind of newspaper could and should be established in the city should Hearst’s Chronicle collapse. This is the key statement:
The copy desk is basically what differentiates professional journalism. Let's beef it up instead of cutting it back and then set excessively high bars for making no mistakes.
Perhaps a little overstated, but sweet to the ear.