Necessity of Web monkey work
Lucas Grindley says cut-and-paste work in online newsrooms is important:
Tomorrow morning I’ll be waking up just before 4:30 a.m. to do some of that monkey work. And I contend it is legitimate journalism.
He’s right — headline writing, writing good summaries (to lure people into stories) and making sure all the story elements “are presented in a professional and usable way” are very important.
This link comes by way of Journalistopia, where a lively discussion earlier covered Web monkey jobs in journalism.
By the way, my 2004 edition of the AP Stylebook has these entries: Web, World Wide Web (but webcam, webcast, webmaster), Internet and online (no hyphen). There is no entry for Net.
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