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ERIC Number: ED309420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-28
Pages: 33
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Tasks and Status: Newspaper Copy Editing and the Division of Newsroom Labor.
Solomon, William S.
Colonial printers were more or less forced to take sides during the Revolutionary era. As they did so, their social status changed from that akin to mechanics to that of spokespersons of a social movement. From this time on, the gradual separation of editor from printer formed a social basis for defining a journalist's tasks as editorial, not production. The position now known as copy editor emerged after the Civil War, as newspapers' growth led to a more complex division of newsroom labor. This process continued into the 20th century, with the copy editor becoming increasingly more removed from the processes of gathering and writing the news. At the same time, the reporter's social status began to rise. As a result of these two trends, the copy editor's status declined markedly. (Fifty-eight references are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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