copy editor

variants: or less commonly copyeditor \ˈkä-​pē-​ˌe-​də-​tər \

Definition of copy editor 

1 : an editor who prepares copy for the typesetter

2 : one who edits and headlines newspaper copy

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Other Words from copy editor

copyedit \ˈkä-​pē-​ˌe-​dət \ or copy edit transitive verb

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Then, Kaitlyn interviews The Verge’s copy editor Kara Verlaney about her thoughts on proper punctuation across the internet and all its forms. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The way we text says a lot about our personality," 7 Nov. 2018 Back in the days when newspapers still employed copy editors, the job was devoid of prestige. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 The copy editors are the unsung heroes of journalism, the thin black ink line between chaos and order. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Cops and copy editors keeping things orderly," 25 June 2018 Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature, and internetspeak in this week’s episode of Explained, now on Netflix. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: NATOhhh no...," 12 July 2018 Also around this time, the papers’ newsrooms began to hire their first black employees – among them reporter Harmon Perry for the Journal in 1968 and copy editor (later popular novelist) Tina McElroy Ansa for the Constitution in 1971. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018 John McNamara was a sports writer and copy editor who could talk fluently about everything from politics to literature. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Victims of Capital Gazette shooting remembered at vigil," 29 June 2018 But in reality, others discover those truths for me, sometimes my readers, frequently my copy editors. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Cops and copy editors keeping things orderly," 25 June 2018 Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997, after five years as a copy editor and news editor at the Washington Post and none as a therapist. Author: Carolyn Hax, Anchorage Daily News, "Carolyn Hax: Want to make sexism obsolete? Start with the kids.," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of copy editor

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of copy editor

: a person whose job is to prepare a book, newspaper, etc., for printing by making sure the words are correct

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