WSJ reporter Schoofs says goodbye

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Brian Robinsoin says:

    Very nice piece. Takes me back to my early days in the business a-long-long-time-ago when a night editor from a major daily decided to semi-retire and took up the main sub editing job (copy editing in the US) at the little magazine I was employed at. He took my copy, divided it up and took it apart, telling me why this was wrong, that was right, and how much better it might appear if I did so-and-so. Best advice I’ve ever had, and that’s been over 35 years.

    I only had him as an editor for less than a year before I moved on, but it was the first really valuable lesson I was given in how to write stories. I really wonder if those kinds of people are around anymore. There are lots of talented writers out there, but even the best wordsmith needs an editor like Spindle or my editor (who. to my eternal shame, I’ve forgotten the name of). Unfortunately, many news organizations today seem to think they can do without copy editors.

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