I'm going to have to change "poor copy editing" to "no copy editing." And "shoddy journalism" to "shoddy decisions by out-of-town investment groups who don't know what journalism is about," or something.
Reporters at the Star Tribune are on a byline strike today. It's a protest/tribute to their colleagues who are going to be laid off or bought out or whatever.
Honestly, is there even anyone left at the paper any more? I think everyone I know is still there -- several colleagues from the Daily and one of my J School instructors -- but they seem to be about it.
There are so many errors in copy these days, I shudder to think about what its going to look like with even fewer sets of eyes reading stories.
On the one hand -- and I'm certain I've said this before -- I'm glad I chose to not be a reporter. On the other hand, however, this decimating of my local newspaper and papers around the country makes me so fucking sad. My education in Journalism school and my experienced as a reporter for one of the best college newspapers in the country (back then, anyway) has really shaped my life and the work I do and have done in every job I've ever had. I have a very special place in my heart for print newspapers and I hate to see what's become of it over such a short period of time.