Copy editors could help with that

I make typos because I'm rushed and here alone, without another set of eyes until readers check in with their catches. The main page of LATimes.com makes typos because...the paper just laid off a dozen or so copy editors? Here's a page from this afternoon that a reader sent in with one arrowed catch; I quickly saw two more.

LATimes.com home July 21, 2008

Readers notice these things.

More historical perspective: Occidental College professor Robert Gottlieb, co-author of the 1977 book, "Thinking Big: The Story of the Los Angeles Times, Its Publishers, and Their Influence on Southern California," blogs at Oxy's Urban & Environmental Policy Institute:

The continuing departure of L.A. Times staff, thanks to the downsizing agenda of its new owner Sam Zell, has sunk the paper to an incredible low point....

Iíve thought about the shrinking news hole as Iíve followed the fascinating and not reported story through emails and blogs of the battles now taking place regarding the proposed warehouse development on the site of the bulldozed South Central farm. Itís a great newspaper story Ė political intrigue, battling agencies (South Coast AQMD vs. L.A. City Planning Department), the return of the immigrant farmers, huge numbers of truck trips increasing the particulate matter in the area and the region; enviros battling it out with a well connected developer. But you canít find it in the L.A. Times, nor, one presumes, would Sam Zell care.


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