"Reporters who can’t write are a dying breed…"

A fascinating Washington Post memo about the future of news editing to reflect a 24 hour news cycle — rather than press deadlines for various print sections — is outlined in Slate.

In this piece, Slate explains:

The reason many newspapers rely so heavily on editors—a reason rarely spoken—is that some reporters can’t write. Their copy isn’t edited as much as it’s rewritten. [Post managing editor Bennett has a message for them: “Reporters who can’t write are a dying breed.”

The Washington Post‘s plan to drag the editing process into the 21st century.

By Jack Shafer

It’s an observation that would warm the heart of media theorist Marshall McLuhan: Newspapers cling to an assembly-line model for news production even though computers and other technologies have rendered it obsolete. Information, which once marched in orderly lines from sources to reporters to editors to mammoth printing presses to fleets of delivery trucks to readers, now caroms every which way in a network.

The Washington Post’s plan to drag the editing process into the 21st century. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

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