Charles Apple posted on his blog Saturday about a mistake in the pages of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., a newspaper where Charles and I once worked. I was a copy editor for The N&O for most of my 24 years there — until Aug. 22, 2011, when my job was eliminated and I moved to become a copy editor in the McClatchy Publishing Center in Charlotte, which handles the copy editing and page design for The N&O, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C., as well as about 20 weekly community papers distributed in the Raleigh and Charlotte areas.
I left the publishing center 7 1/2 months later, when I took a job as a copy editor for the magazines and newsletters group at a professional association in Durham, N.C. (This blog is a personal venture and does not reflect the views of my employer.)
Charles’s post runs down some of the mistakes that have come out of the publishing center, and he is quite strong in his criticism of McClatchy for allowing the quality of The N&O to suffer. I shared Charles’s post on my Facebook page, saying that I wanted to know what others thought. Several of my friends weighed in to agree with Charles that the mistakes are embarrassing. Some friends with no connection to the N&O posted thoughtful notes lamenting the decline of quality in newspapers.