EDITOR’S DESK: 'Do it with love': words to live by

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 07:29 PM.

The editor reviews the article to ensure it's complete and has substantial support, offers follow-up questions to fill in the blanks, and checks for clarity, style and flow, making changes or, requesting them to be made, along the way.

The copy desk receives the next version of the story, lays it out with pagination software, checks for style and cuts for space. 

Finally, the news team receives proof pages to review the story's final version, as it will appear in the paper, and checks for spelling and style. (You'd be surprised how many things you could miss just by seeing a story on the monitor; something about the hard copy changes that.)

Stories never die on the web, so something in the print edition might be tweaked even more for clarity or ease of reading.

Done right, it's definitely a labor of love — you usually see the fifth or sixth version of a story when you open the paper — and that passion surpasses the newsroom's walls.

To properly cover the community, you have to love the community — and take all that goes with it: the long hours, the sleepless nights and ramping up community involvement to enrich residents' lives.

Soon, we will release a campaign that shows you how much our staff loves the Crestview area, and how that helps us better able to serve you.

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