A boy’s view of editing

by andybechtel

My 9-year-old son, Ross, is a faithful reader of the newspaper, especially the sports section. He sometimes takes note of editing errors: “They messed up again, Dad.”

Looking at the latest newsletter from the American Copy Editors Society this week, Ross noticed the top story about “newspaper copy desks across the nation dealing with fewer editors, more duties.” I explained to him that many papers were laying off copy editors and that the quality of journalism was suffering as a result.

Ross seemed baffled by this. “There’s no point in reading the story if it’s all messed up,” he said.

That’s my boy!

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