The estimable John McIntyre, night editor at The Baltimore Sun, has a post on his blog today that very much fits in with the theme of the Standdown for Accuracy and the discussion at this morning’s Missourian budget meeting. Here’s a snippet:
… the editor is trammeled by the limitations of his or her skills. That is why it is essential for you, if you work as an editor, to be honest and clear-headed about your own defects as a craftsman.
If, for example, you tend to go too fast and miss details, you will need to find some way to compensate, perhaps by requiring one or two additional readings before letting go of the text. Or if your tendency is to edit too slowly, perhaps you need to set yourself a deadline for each text you pick up.
You should read the whole thing.