Engineering students build matchstick bridges and they and their professional peers play in software long before they install the first beam at a job site.
You, meanwhile, practice in public. Your errors are there for everyone to see. Consider that from the point of view of a reporter without a copy editor.
Reporters that can edit their own work have a terrific value. As I’ve been telling students for years: the skill of copy editing will take you a long way, the value of a reporter/copy editor in the current marketplace is high.
Steve Buttry does community engagement and social media, and he’s got some insight on this subject:
All newsroom jobs are changing. That includes copy editors and it should.
Journalists who have treated the copy desk as a safety net need to take more responsibility for the quality of their own work. And journalists who have specialized in copy editing will play multiple roles in a Digital First newsroom.
Every job is changing in Digital First newsrooms. We are trying to design a new newsroom for the economy and challenges of the digital marketplace.
Via Prof. Mindy McAdams