Monday, 6 February 2012
4. When a senior reporter or editor tells you how to write something don’t say “I agree” say “thank-you”
If someone is trying to explain what is wrong with your copy - don't respond with "I agree" as if some how this is a negotiation taking place.
I once had a reporter do this again and again - despite me asking them not to. It was infuriating and bad manners.
The idea of saying "sorry" or "thank-you" seemed to be impossible for them to say.
Needless to say they agreed so much they made the same mistakes again and again week in, week out.
If someone has the patience to sit you down and go through your copy don't see it as a criticism just try and learn from it.