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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. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    He could be arguing in his spare time.
  2. Flash

    Flash Guest

    You're sort of right. I actually tried that excuse for the first while I was at the Sun -- and got serious shit because of it.
    When you have a four or five-man desk, you have to look at every page as a team project.
    Yeah, someone might write the most brilliant headline of the year or come up with a pretty design. But someone also stones the page.
    If every person who touches that page isn't pulling his weight, mistakes will get through.
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Dye will be happy. Page design leads the poll with 6.
  4. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Dye, which one was your vote?
  5. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    I voted for "slot."

    It's good to see such high priorities for catching mistakes, etc. I'm sure readers would be happy to know they buy editions made by people who don't emphasize those things.
  6. sportsed

    sportsed Guest

    I voted for Reece's Peanut Butter Cup.
  7. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Of my desking skills, stoning pages is my skill, Dye. So I did vote for catching mistakes. I'm not perfect but the boss tells me I'm the best he has at it. I hate reading anything that has typos/mistakes in it. I stop reading if I come across one ...
  8. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    DyePack's got a girlfriend! ;D
  9. Flash

    Flash Guest

    I don't think he's my type. ;)
  10. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Show us your dangling participles!
  11. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Erg, it's the misplaced modifiers that drive me nuts.
  12. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I can't diagram a sentence to save my life, but I always seem to be able to pick up the small things on a page. That's why I voted for proofing/copy editing.

    I do feel I'm becoming a tad more proficient at the making-an-attractive page thing.
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