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Subject:Re: Editorial Latitude From:danm -at- DEV -dot- TIVOLI -dot- COM Date:Fri, 11 Apr 1997 11:14:28 -0500
You are correct, editors of magazines, journals, and newspapers do cut stories
to fit the available space (I know, I have a degree in journalism and have done
it many times). However, it is the poor editor that *adds* words to an article,
especially if those words change the meaning of the piece.
Senior Technical Writer
danm -at- tivoli -dot- com
> Periodicals are put together at a blinding pace, with all articles
> rudely edited and then savagely chopped to fit the space available.
> I prefer to think of magazine editors as highly skilled surgeons
> who use axes instead of scalpels. The results aren't great, but
> they're pretty good, considering the constraints.