Interesting article about a reporter’s three-year stint at the Milwaukee newspaper. As a former copy editor at the Boston Herald, I found this amusing:
A critical part of that process was the copy editor. Each story went through two edits, first by the “rimmer,” then by the “slot.” The titles were ancient, harking back to when rimmers sat in a horseshoe arrangement, with the eye shade-wearing top editor or slot in the middle.
The level of detail considered by copy editors was often impressive and at times maddening. Copy editors woke reporters at night to niggle over nuances in a story.
“They’re aliens,” reporter Lee Bergquist raged after one nighttime call. “They’re not like us.”