When copy editors become reporters

by andybechtel

Can copy editors be reporters? Or is the copy desk the fate of the feckless writer?

This interview with Steve Foster, managing editor of the fledgling In Denver Times, includes these thoughts on the matter:

The group we’re starting with didn’t come on board because of their specialties. They came on board because they all believed in creating something, and everyone’s willing to try something new to make that a reality. There’s a large group of people who are traditionally identified as copy editors. In this new world, they’re not just editing copy. They’re also reporting stories, and that is a key component for this.

In my newsroom days, I saw copy editors become reporters, and I saw that move go the other way too. It usually worked out OK.

This project will ask journalists to do both, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out in Denver and elsewhere.

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