One thing you do not want to see buried in a wire story:
That’s from the sports section of today’s Greenville (S.C.) News. That’s a Gannett paper
for which editing and design functions were moved a while back to a sister paper in Asheville, N.C.
UPDATE: Longtime — and former – Greenville News copy desk staffer John Stevenson tells us:
Copy editing and layout for both The Greenville News and the Asheville Citizen-Times were moved to Gannettâ€™s regional copydesk in Louisville, KY, during the last year or so.
I could be wrong, but it’s unlikely the AP sent the story out that way. That just about had to be inserted by someone on the desk. Inadvertently, perhaps.
The guy who posted that via Twitter today later posted that copies around the college town of Clemson, S.C. have sold out.
For chrissakes, don’t tell anyone. Or we’ll be inserting profanity into every story.
We need our copy editors, people. We can’t do our jobs without them.
In this case, the Greenville News — or the Gannett facility in Asheville — needs a copy editor. And a bar of soap to wash out the #$%&@! mouth of some #$%&@! staffer.
UPDATE – 1 p.m.
While I just post ‘em like a lazy bastard, Jim Romenesko actually picks up a phone and calls the Greenville News.
UPDATE – 1:05 p.m.
Well, damn. Jim’s updating more quickly that I can keep up with him. Editor John Pittman of the Greenville News has responded. Read it here.
You know who else needs a copy editor?
Local TV news operations. Chicagoâ€™s WMAQ-TV in particular. And Harrisburgâ€™s Fox43 TV news. And Local 15 News in Mobile, Ala. And WBAL-TV in Baltimore. And Fox2Now in St. Louis. And KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles. And Charlotteâ€™s WBTV. And other local TV news operations. And CBS local media. And the web operation for DC101 radio. And the Huffington Post. And CNN and CNN Money and CNN mobile and Fox News (and Fox News again) and ABC News and the BBC and German news channel N24. And Martha Stewartâ€™s TV operation. And the Disney Channel. And creators of mobile apps. And Google Newsâ€™ â€˜bots. And Baseball jersey manufacturers. And Georgetown University. And Kansas State University. And the University of Iowa. And the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals (boy, do they need a copy editor). And the National Hockey League. And ESPN (and ESPN again) and Fox Sports. And college athletic department ticket offices. And the Virginia general assembly. And college alumni magazines. And pharmacies. And the makers of Sudafed. And Borders bookstore. And the U.S. Postal Service. And government agencies and political candidates. And Tea Party candidates. And the White House. And city and county Boards of Elections. Both the state of Pennsylvania and its department of transportation. And Pittsburgh skywriters. And road paving contractors. And the city of Norfolk, Va. And the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. And South African traffic cops. And gas stations. And billboard companies. And sign painters. And Home Depot and manufacturers of â€œhoodies.â€ And Dollar Tree. And T-shirt designers. And more T-shirt designers. And Old Navy. And rubber stamp designers. And glass etchers. And Starbucks. And restaurants, breakfast joints, Chinese restaurants and cake decorators. And more cake decorators. And drive-in movie theater managers. And romance novelists. And South Africaâ€™s New Age and Sunday Independent newspapers. And Dublinâ€™s Sunday Business Post. And the Echo of Gloucestershire, England. And the South China Morning Post. And the Washington Post (Hey! Another repeat offender!), the Postâ€˜s Express tab (Hey! Yet another repeat offender!) the New York Times (Wow! Yet another repeat offender!)(Hey! A third offense!), the New York Post, Wall Street Journal Europe, Newsday, USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times (And yet another!), the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the weekly Manila Mail of San Francisco, the Miami Herald, the Portland Oregonian, the Durham, N.C., Herald-Sun, the Chapel Hill, N.C., News, the Missoula, Mont., Missoulian, the Times-Record of Denton, Md., the News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, the Amarillo (Texas) Globe News, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Waynesboro News Virginian, the Virginian-Pilot, the Des Moines Register, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Gannettâ€™s N.Y. Central Media hub, the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah, the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Carbondale, Ill., Southern Illinoisian and the Canarsie Courier of New York City. And the Associated Press. And Mannâ€™s Jewelerâ€™s Accent magazine. And Investment News magazine. And Time magazine.