Bad of me to pose a question in a headline. Sub editing Rule 1: tell the reader, don’t ask.
I read an alleged memo to journalists from the CEO of Fairfax regarding the sacking of all it’s sub editors. The poor chap is a poor writer. Stilted and verbose. So he sent it to be “subbed”.
It came back; still verbose and lacking warmth. The sub also didn’t know the difference between alternate and alternative.
So maybe it’s a good idea Fairfax is ditching it’s subs. No. I jest. For the most part, subs are a paper’s energy source: certainly the source of information and knowledge.
I hope they all find alternative jobs.