Saturday, April 10, 2010
Editors? We don't need no stinking editors
Now that everything is all immediate and direct between writer and reader, since all those superfluous editors and copy editors were dismissed like barnacles scraped off the hull, journalism has entered an era of smooth sailing, right?
Take a look at what HeadsUp: The Blog has to say about a minor masterpiece of modern journalism out of Charlotte, North Carolina. We are treated to the work of a journalist who cannot write a twelve-paragraph article about a tree falling on a house without making a hash of it.
Adding to the overall sense of incompetence unencumbered by editorial expertise, there is the crash blossom headline:
Home crushed by tree with dog inside
An isolated example, I grant you, but an increasingly typical one.