Copyeditors’ value

Why are copy editors important to newspapers and other news organization?



  1. Copy Editors are more than just editors, they serve many roles in the newsroom. As we learned in class, they play over 21 different roles. Copy Editors are important because of the multiple roles they play. They edit our stories, they’re the liaison between reporters and administration, they make important news judgments, and countless others. If we didn’t have copy editors, anything could go into publication. If that happens without everything being checked, there could be misspelled names, wrong information, and many other issues that can make or break a news organization. Plus, if something happens with the reporter, such as someone questioning his or her working, your copy editor is there to have your back. If we didn’t have copy editors, who would have your back then? Again, I believe that a copy editor plays a vital role in the newsroom, rather it’s in newspaper or television. It takes courage, determination, understanding, and multi-tasking to be a copy editor.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — September 14, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  2. Copy editors are important for many different reasons. They are important to everyone in the newsroom. Copy editors are important to the writers of the newspaper because they can fix the story and make the writer look good. They are important because they take on the sometimes tedious job of fact checking and spell checking which some people do no like to do. Also they are important to the newsroom because they can play different roles in the newsroom. We discussed this in class and they editors will do anything to make the paper the best it can be. Also a copy editor is important because they are a fresh set of eyes when the reporter needs them and they are what makes the story they best it can be. A reporter can get a good quote but, a copy editor makes sure the quote is factual.

    Comment by Beth Steele — September 14, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  3. Copy Editors are what make publishing newspapers possible. Without them, papers would lack organization, proper english, proper grammar, etc. They can make the writers look great, or foolish, depending on whether or not they do their job. They double check facts, spellcheck names, and iron out the little tedious details.

    Comment by Kaitlin Sullivan — September 14, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  4. Copy editors are very important for all newspapers and news organizations. I, myself, being a copy editor for the DEN, find it very relevant to copy edit and guarantee that the information being presented is factual and grammatically correct. Many people do not realize that it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure the public is up-to-date and reading the best quality news. Names, dates, times and addresses are all crucial information throughout the article. Therefore, checking and even DOUBLE checking the article is very, very relevant and important.

    Comment by Colleen Harrigan — September 15, 2009 @ 1:32 am

  5. The copy editor is the last resource that a newspaper reaches, and is the main person responsible for any errors related to the publication. Other than checking for grammar and style within articles, the copy editor is in charge of fact checking, keeping tabs on the reporter to ensure that they meet deadlines, and listening to the audience’s opinion to enhance a publication. The copy editor is also one of the main people to talk to newspaper staff over any improvements to be made. An editor needs to respect the reporters and the work that they do. Having respect for reporters allow an editor to help them through the newswriting process in order to create better stories. Without the copy editor, the organization of newspapers would decline and the writing and edting skills would diminish, forcing both the publication and the reporters to look unprofessional. The disorganization and misleading information that is presented because of the absence of a good editor would confuse the public and cause the audience to question news value.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — September 15, 2009 @ 2:12 am

  6. Copy editors are important because they play many different roles in the news room. Copy editors have to make sure the facts are correct, names are spelled right, and proper grammar is used. Not only do they edit what is written, copy editors also act as 21 other people, some of which include minister, babysitter, photo editor, evangelist, etc. Copy editors cover a wide range of areas, and without them, details within newspapers would not be as good as they are today.

    Comment by klshreve — September 15, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  7. Copy editors are vital in every newspaper, with out them no publication could function. Copy editors check every article before it goes off to print, if they do not catch the mistake in the article the viewers will. And by them it is too late, the newspaper credibility will be tarnished and readers might even stop reading the newspaper. There is a zero tolerance policy for mistakes the newspapers and editors are these to enforce that.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — September 15, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

  8. A copy editor is important to newspapers and other news organizations because they are basically the glue that keeps a newspaper and the organization together. Copy editors check through every piece of information until its correct to the best of their knowledge. They have so many roles in newspapers and news organizations. Besides editing, some copy editors even construct layouts for the newspaper. They also make headlines and write captions. It is the job of a copy editor to be there for whatever the staff editors and the people around them need. Copy editors have many important roles, without them the newspapers would not function as well.

    Comment by slbilharz — September 15, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  9. Copy Editors as essential to the news process. They oversee the whole production of the story. Copyeditors help along the reporters with their tasks. Once the story comes to life the copyeditor has to sift through it. They have to use their own knowledge to make the story as correct and truthful as possible. Copyeditors carry the creditability of the news organization on their back. If a reporter makes a mistake, it is up to the editor to find it and fix it. Creditability makes the newspaper work because without creditability, or a copyeditor, the newspaper would not exist. The copyeditor makes the news organization keep going; they are the heart and soul of the organization. Besides helping all the reporters and co-workers, copyeditors make a story alive.

    Comment by Kristin Jording — September 17, 2009 @ 5:45 am

  10. Copyeditors are important to the newspaper because they are the one that ensure accuracy and newsworthiness. When the copyeditor lasts looks at the edition before it goes to press, the credibility of the paper is in their hands.
    Even if it is the reporter’s mistake, the editor is in charge of checking their facts and resources.
    Then editors help make the ideas real stories. In addition, they assist reporters in developing their articles.

    Comment by Kaitlyn Peters — September 17, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

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