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POLL: Your best "skill" (for the copy editors/page designers/paginators)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by wickedwritah, Jun 19, 2006.


If you're a Jack of All Trades, what do you feel you do best?

  1. Line editing

    2 vote(s)
  2. Editing copy/catching mistakes

    6 vote(s)
  3. Paginating (i.e. the process of using your page design program)

    3 vote(s)
  4. Page design (making an attractive page)

    7 vote(s)
  5. Other (playing video games, blogging while on the clock, pissing off photogs with your crops, etc.)

    5 vote(s)
  6. Headline writing

    4 vote(s)
  7. Slot

    3 vote(s)
  1. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Given the mistakes thread that was on here earlier, I thought this might be a valid question.

    Someone mentioned having four do-it-all-guys on the desk is better than having four specialists. I might agree with that, because it often seems that those four each have their own strengths.

  2. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    We have five copy editors.

    One of them is the "wordsmith," the one who sits down and dissects difficult pieces; one is the best line editor; two are fairly outstanding page designers.

    One has little use for design; one feels their job is to make the section attractive and let mistakes be caught in proofing; two are the best at "subject" pages, such as the baseball page, NBA, NHL, etc.; one has the best feel for covers and section flow.

    This seems to work fairly well for us, because the SE and ASE have learned to play to our strengths.

    And there's one area which you missed, I think -- administration of the sports section that night. There are some who are just better slot people, who keep on top of page makeovers better, always have a plan of what they're going to do if news breaks.
  3. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    There's one person who should be fired.

    "How did that mistake get in?"

    "The proofer didn't catch it."

    "Oh. OK."

  4. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    I guess. Again, it's your way of looking at the situation; it's not everyone's. You're not changing them, and they're not changing you.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Um, the thread starter forgot to put "headline writing" among the choices.
  6. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Good point. And how many of them copy-and-paste their cutlines off the AP caption, and how many try to say something in them? ;)
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Shot, Dools, both very valid points, and the poll now reflects your musings.

    At first I was trying to cover the bases of the Mistakes arguments -- a thread that, once the name calling and hissing subsided, was a very educational, cordial conversation. Stuff like that keeps me coming back to SportsJournalists.com.
  8. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    That's an incredibly dense attitude, and one that I focused on in the Mistakes thread.

    In your world, mistakes will just continue because it's OK for people to decide they don't have to do that part of the job.
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    With a 4-5 person sports desk, there's a little more room for people to specialize. If Mr. Design Guru is busting his hump designing pages (and lightening the load on colleagues who are stronger editors), the section as a whole may stand to benefit. See freshman-level economics for further details.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    My best skill?


    (For the purpose of this, headline writing)
  11. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Not playing today. I'm on vacation.
  12. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    More typical designer myopia, but at least the response is a little more clever than the usual offerings.
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