Editors, and how bad ones are ruining the newspaper business
Imagine telling your mechanic you'll pay him $5 to rebuild your engine.Those who created this business model must be ignoring the fact that writing's hard work.
The problem is deeper than that. Everyone believes they are a writer, and to a certain extent that's true.What is missing is are they "good or excellent writers," then the pool gets much, much smaller.We don't farm out teaching to just any old citizen and we don't just let anyone operate on our bodies, but when it comes to writing.....
What you basically have is a high school or, at best, a college newspaper. When we had our last rah rah speel on the "Tuesdays Are Back" campaign, I looked around and the number of veterans was virtually non-existent. You could also tell by the caliber of questions, they have not much of a clue. It's sad, as I believe a lot of them have potential, just no one to guide them. Unless you want to count the "Feedbackers" on the blog pages.
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