After posting the link to “The lowly life of the lonely copy editor,” I received this note from Robin Sterns, a former copy editor who is currently out of journalism:
I’m sure the below (a piece on my recent experience as a “copy editor”) is more than you want to read, but I assure you that the column rings 100% true in my experience.
Anyone with any real knowledge was gone at my paper (the Hilton Head Island Packet in South Carolina) and the kids who were left not only had no experience/training as copy editors but resisted/rejected input from someone who did. They/we were treated like pond scum by the entire newsroom, and – most stunning to me – bypassed completely when it came to posting online content, which isn’t copy edited at all and doesn’t even have the same headline as the hard copy paper.
I’ve excerpted her piece, which Sterns says hasn’t been published anywhere else.