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And then there were none

The copy desk at The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote -30- last week.* Though various newsroom functions continue, under the opaque titles now favored in the business, there is no longer a copy desk staffed by copy editors at The Enquirer. It was there in 1980 that I got my start in the business. On the strength of a master’s degree in English, six summers’ experience in high school and college as the Johannes factotum of the weekly Flemingsburg Gazette in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and a three-week tryout on The Enquirer’s copy desk, they gave me a job. The slotman was Bill Trutner, who had taught English before succumbing to journalism, a quiet, calm presence on the desk who...