Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote in copy_editors,
Gayle Madwin
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How Many Copy Editors Are Still Employed These Days?

Virtually all of the copy editors I used to work with were laid off during the period from August 2008 to March 2009. I was laid off along with them, in January 2009. None of us has found long-term work yet. I'm extremely frustrated, obviously, with the severe underappreciation of copy editors in the current economy. So I'm taking out my frustration by conducting a poll.

Poll #1476751 Are You Employed?

Are you currently employed?

Yes, as a copy editor.
15(50.0%)
Yes, but not as a copy editor anymore.
6(20.0%)
Yes, but not as a copy editor. I've never been employed as a copy editor.
2(6.7%)
No. I used to be a copy editor, but I got laid off from that position and I haven't found a new one.
2(6.7%)
No. I used to be a copy editor, but I left for reasons other than being laid off.
4(13.3%)
No, and I've never been employed as a copy editor.
1(3.3%)

In your current or most recent position as a copy editor, what types of materials have you copy edited?

Newspapers
10(33.3%)
Magazines
1(3.3%)
Other periodicals
1(3.3%)
Advertisements
1(3.3%)
Books
1(3.3%)
Online materials
1(3.3%)
Other
4(13.3%)
Not applicable. I've never been a copy editor.
2(6.7%)
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