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Will Weblogs Make Copy Editors Obsolete? An interview with Tom Mangan, a features desk copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News. In March, Mangan will be presenting a panel at the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference entitled The Future Doesn’t Need Us: Weblogs and the End of Editing as We’ve Known It. Mangan says the talk is “a response to the many webloggers’ assertion that editing is unnecessary. I’m hoping to prove them wrong.”

Participatory journalism, we contend, breeds the need for new forms of editing, but will never supplant the need for good copy editing. Here’s a few excerpts from this excellent interview with Mangan:

"Bloggers need to understand that their typos, their misspellings, their errors in fact and judgment cost them in the eyes of readers, and if they insist on going it alone they have to be comfortable with a small audience of people who don’t hold their errors against them. For news orgs, though, we have to insist that ours is a collaborative business and that the extra few minutes we take to bring multiple perspectives on stories is time well spent. Our readers will forgive us for being five minutes late, but right, far sooner than they will forgive us for being first, but wrong.”

“The great thing about blogs is that inevitably the comments are as much fun as the posts they comment upon. Readers want there to be a top—that is, some kind of institutional authority that is trustworthy. What the bloggers are exposing is the fact that despite all our training and professionalism, a lot of the time amateurs can best us at our own game. If we learn to listen and welcome reader feedback, though, they will develop a commitment to us and learn to trust us as we’ve trusted them. It’ll take time and patience on both sides, but in the end news may be much better off for the change.”

RSS: A Big Success In Danger of Failure by Bill Burnham. “Adoption and usage of RSS has taken off in the past few years leading some to suggest that it will play a central role in transforming the web from a random collection of websites into a paradise of personalized data streams. However the seeds of RSS’s impending failure are being sown by its very success and only some serious improvements in the standard will save it from a pre-mature death.”

News Aggregators Getting New Features by The Shifted Librarian: “I think all of these (new features) indicate that we’re seeing a new phase for news aggregators. The first months of 2004 are going to be a major marker on a future timeline showing progress on the march towards maturation.”

Interview with James Atkinson, Founder of phpBB: “I think the mistake a lot of people make as they start an online community is that they don’t start small. I’ve seen many boards with 10 or 12 forums, and maybe 20 posts between them. That’s no way start. Begin with 2 or 3 forums to really get the discussion rolling, then expand as needed.”

Blogging is not a zero-sum game by Terry Teachout. “One of the most fascinating aspects of blogging is the unexpected speed with which it has evolved into a collective “gatekeeper” for traditional media—a way of sifting through tons of dirt and finding the gems. I now “read” most magazines and newspapers not directly but by way of links.” (via BuzzMachine)

The Semantic Social Network by Stephen Downes: “Two types of technologies are about to merge. The technologies are content syndication, used by blogging websites around the world, and social networking, employed by sites such as Friendster and Orkut. They will merge to create a new type of internet, a network within a network, and in so doing reshape the internet as we know it.”

WSJ columnist Lee Gomes: I am a voracious reader of blogs: “Blogs are becoming an alternative-news universe, giving everyone with a PC and a Web connection access to the sorts of gossip that was once available only to reporters on the press bus… I am, in my private life, a voracious reader of these things, as are most of my friends, reporters included.” (via blogads)

Posted on Feb 23, 2004 | 7:23 am EST


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I dont think so.
Check out this introduction article on Copy_editing:
1.Use of the term
2.Tasks involved
3.The influence of technology
4.Required skills

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