The Copy Editor’s Lament: In Song

A tuneful lament to the copy editor is doing the rounds on the internet, penned by a Christopher Ave, political editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the USA. Says Ave: “I’ve never been a copy editor. But I’ve worked with many over the years in my newspaper career, and they strike me as having the most under-appreciated job in the newsroom. And sometimes, with the emphasis in gotta-post-right-now online journalism, I think we’re all forgetting how important their jobs really are.

“With all the layoffs, buyouts, furloughs and other horrible things going on in the industry, I decided to write a song from the viewpoint of a copy editor losing his job. The lyrics are fictional, but the sentiments, I’m afraid, are all too common these days.”

Listen to the Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song) here.

Comment: Copy editor? What’s that then? As any hard-working, under-appreciated sub-editor would, at some point in this story, point out, this should have read: copy-editor (the US tag for a sub-editor). Ginny Clark

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