Hang the black crepe in Raleigh
In what has become a monotonously familiar—and depressing—measure, the McClatchy newspapers have decided to eliminate the copy desk and design desk at the News & Observer at Raleigh, transferring the work to the Charlotte Observer.
Winston-Salem lost its copy desk a few months ago. The casualties mount.
The Raleigh paper, like the other papers that have resorted to this shabby expedient, will bolster its profitability while compromising its quality. The papers that have reduced or eliminated their copy desk staffs experience an increase in factual errors and slack writing. In a business that trumpets the importance of its local coverage, the elimination of people who have the local knowledge is particularly self-defeating.
So if you are reading in Raleigh or elsewhere that your local publication has thrown people over the side to improve its service to you, I think you will recognize what you are being fed.
Andy Bechtel is conducting a wake at The Editor’s Desk.