As a copy editor, I do most of my work behind the scenes. I like it that way. If I had been a more outgoing person who was comfortable talking to strangers, I might have been a reporter. Nevertheless, I am going to be doing a live online chat through N&O Live at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday — a truly nerve-racking prospect. If you would like to ask a question about copy editing or language use, you can send one on the N&O Live page. While you are there, you can look at transcripts of past chats with N&O editors and reporters.
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