Eugene Weekly posted an article yesterday titled "Requiem for a Newspaper," which discusses what typically happens when corporate ownership buys a local newspaper. In short, many long-standing employees are fired, such as Dan Buckwalter, the copy editor whose story is featured.
While this article focuses on the newspaper industry, the "disappearance" of professional copy editors is not a new trend. People hear these horror stories and ask, "When profit becomes a driving force, does the integrity of the writing diminish?"
In my experience, either the remaining employees pick up the slack or a freelance copy editor, such as myself, is hired on an as-needed basis. The good news is that for every article like this, there is probably a job posting out there looking to hire the kind of talent who was just let go.
Each one of us should think about the adaptability of our skills. Working part-time in an IT environment, I am often reminded that we are all susceptible to obsolescence due to changes such as advances in technology. While I didn't realize it at the time, working as a contract employee for four years right after college forced me to learn how to become valuable in different industries.
If adaptability is something you have never thought about before, you might find this Forbes article interesting: "14 Signs Of An Adaptable Person".
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.