Change is Hard: Newsroom Edition

Mark Kleiman laments having his marijuana legalization position misrepresented by the headline Bloomberg gave his op-ed:

The convention that headlines are written by copy-editors and not by reporters or columnists goes back to the days of print, when headlines had to be custom-crafted to occupy the right amount of space: a quantity that couldn’t be known until the page was laid out. For a piece in electronic form, there’s no reason not to let the author create the heading. It’s called “cultural lag.”

Or institutionalization. Sigh. On the other hand, who cares if journalistic enterprises are foolishly adhering to ancient practices? It doesn’t seem to be hurting their bottom line.  Oh wait…


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