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Checking out these links may be worth your while.
From Britain, Nick Cohen’s “Love me, love my sub,” on the importance of copy editors, known in Britain as sub-editors or subs.
Tom Scott’s “Journalism Warning Labels”: If you’re in the paragraph game, or a reasonably astute reader, you can already tell when a story has been transcribed from a press release, or cribbed from Wikipedia, or any of the other dodges that lazy journalists practice. If newspapers, magazines, and the Internet had truth-in-packaging requirements ...
Doug Fisher, who finds, like most journalism professors, that he has to teach writers how to edit their own work, since precious few of them will ever have the experience of working with an honest-to-God editor, writes in “Missing in plain sight” about some of the obvious omissions that writers overlook in their own work.
Professor Pullum carries on—you know how he gets—at Language Log about yet another eejit who thinks that the passive voice includes active-voice auxiliary verbs with participles. Teach your children to stay away from drugs and people who go on about avoiding the passive voice.
On Twitter @dsorbara asked, “Has anyone written against the use of "sleepy" in article to define a location? I'm thinking about going on a crusade at work.”
I advised him that it’s a good idea to excise sleepy, gritty, and hardscrabble, among the more notable condescending adjectives that writers use for exotic places like small towns and poor neighborhoods. And I’ve carried on some about stately homes and leafy suburbs in stories about places where reporters would live if they had been smart enough to go into a trade that pays better than journalism. Shall we catalogue both the snotty and the servile adjectives for the benefit of the writer who would prefer not to look like a prat?