Into a Closed World

The top leader in today's Times celebrates the Justice Secretary's decision to open family courts to reporters. This is a crucial reform, long overdue and of significance to all who care about freedom of speech and a journalist's duty to hold power to account. Of course, the main beneficiaries will be families, for whom future risk of serious miscarriages of justice will be diminished by the new transparency. Ah, I'm giddy on the oxygen of truth.

Why subs matter

Following this week's exercise in sub-editing, I discovered this clever tribute to the art from the Washington Post. It's by Pulitzer-winning writer Gene Weingarten, and praises the newspaper industry's copy editors (the US term for subs) by demonstrating the sort of nonsense we might have to read if they didn't exist. See how many of the 57 errors you can pick up.

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