An interesting mention of the copy desk comes deep in a recent talk by Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times. In a meeting with the staff, Keller explains changes in deadlines and story flow, based on the need to get more stories on the NYT site quickly:
Here’s one example, from Susan Edgerley’s copy flow committee, which aims to move early-breaking news and non-deadline enterprise through the system in a timelier fashion. Over the past several weeks, the committee has worked with Metro, shifting some copy editors to day shifts so that more stories get posted to the Web site earlier, vetted by the best copy editors in the business, and more pages get set earlier for the print paper.
Keller goes on to say that the effort will go to the foreign desk next. Read more, including comments from a New York Times slot editor, here.