I'm a copy editor and designer.
Not a writer, not a photographer, not a metro editor or the publisher. I'm a copy editor and designer.
Let me break it down for you.
"Copy" = Text, articles, stories, cutlines (also known as captions), etc. Anything, aside from ads, on the newspaper's pages that has words involved? I edit it. (Thus the use of "editor" in my title.) I edit for grammar, misspellings, accuracy, flow and so forth.
"Designer" = Page layout. Reporters write the articles, photographers take the pictures, they put all of that onto the computer, which I then take and lay out on the pages, using a program called Adobe InDesign. The page is like a Word document, you know, blank, but InDesign is infinitely better than Word. In fact, I just threw up in my mouth thinking about having to use Word. Ever.
I just thought I'd explain that to anyone who still thinks I write for the newspaper. I never write articles. Ever. That's not what I'm paid to do. Nor do I ever take photographs for the paper. But I still work with those elements.
People forget there is someone in between the reporter and the paper showing up on their doorstep. That would be me. Without copy editors, all those articles and pictures would sit stagnant on computers in the newsroom.
So if you've ever read the news, in paper form or on the Web, a copy editor has had a hand in it.
Lucky you. Now you know that much more about the newspaper world.
My desk, in case you were curious. (Don't iPods take awesome pictures? Not.)
Close up of "desk personalization"
Oh, look! Even janitorial knows what we do!
(Just so we're clear, I don't write this out of resentment toward anyone. I understand that you're not obligated to know what I do. I just thought I'd inform you before you asked me what I've recently written for the paper. Because, you know, I don't write. For the paper. Ever.)