Mr. McIntyre makes his case (and ours)
John McIntyre, president of ACES and AME for copy desks at the Baltimore Sun, has an article up at Poynter.
He's urging editors to pay more attention to copy editors. And he makes a lot of sense:
Nothing is easy anymore for newspapers. Technological challenges, financial pressures and an increasingly fragmented audience present formidable difficulties. But at bottom, as editors readily acknowledge, is credibility. If readers cannot trust publications to be accurate, to be clear, to be reliable, then not much else will matter. Copy editors are indispensable to that credibility, and its preservation will depend in some part on the willingness of editors to recognize, and make full use of, the energy, acuity and commitment of their copy desks.He points out some of the obstacles copy editors are facing -- and some of the strides we're making. And he does some conference selling, too.
And the story has another picture of John in a bow tie. I love bow ties!