I've been told about at least one cluster of GCI newspapers where copy editing will be consolidated at one location, as part of the hub rollout over the next two years. Although that's apparently not part of the official plan for locally produced content, there's nothing I know of to prevent local publishers and executive editors from doing so on their own. After all, local control is local control.
Copy editing is a crucial part of newspaper production. It includes a final review of facts, grammar, spelling, syntax and other text, plus photographs and graphics. Copy editors also write headlines. (And they answer late-night phone calls from sometimes-crazy readers; do additional reporting for stories that need work, and generally keep the world from falling into total chaos. That's why we cherish them.)
A bagpiping farewell
GCI's five hubs will build pages for all 81 U.S. community dailies. They'll be at newspapers in Asbury Park, N.J.; Des Moines; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, and Phoenix.
Apple wrote about copy editing's future on the occasion of the 61,906-circulation Winston-Salem Journal's farewell to its copy desk last week. The Media General daily in North Carolina -- one of 18 it owns -- is consolidating its production at centers in Richmond, Va., and Tampa, Fla. On Friday, the paper gave its editors a poignant sendoff that included bagpipers marching through the newsroom: