Editors without judgment

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The headline: Sean O'Hagan, "Photographer Hannah Starkey: 'I want to create a space for women without judgment'", The Observer 12/8/2018.

The quotation: “That graduate show set me up,” says Starkey. “Suddenly I was in demand and simultaneously I became very aware of the different space that women occupy in the photography world, both as practitioners and subjects. I have been acutely aware of that ever since, the ways in which women are constantly evaluated and judged. My gaze is not directed in that way. A lot of what I do is about creating a different level of engagement with women, a different space for them without that judgment or scrutiny.”

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  1. TIC said,

    December 9, 2018 @ 7:05 am

    To be fair, this one's more a matter of an overzealous, tin-eared headline-writer, no?…

    [(myl) It's clearly the headline-writer's fault — but headlines are written by editors (maybe called "sub-editors" in the UK), right? ]

  2. Chips Mackinolty said,

    December 9, 2018 @ 9:02 am

    Sub-editors in Australia as well. The real problem is that there are fewer and fewer employed in that role, and in Australia, at least, it is a job that is often outsourced to external "providers" of such services.

    I managed to live in those halcyon days when copy takers would get first go at your work–and often suggest very sensible corrections and changes. The number of times these women–and they were all women!–would save me from disgrace was uncountable.

    Then it would go to the subs–who would often ring to get clarification and correction. Then if there were further doubts thrown up, the yarn would get legalled (and that is a journalists' verb).

    And then–god forbid–on important yarns there would be proofreaders!

    I have a mild loathing for "good old days/golden era" stories, but in this case they were better times for the media than now.

  3. David Morris said,

    December 9, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    I once met someone who told me her sister sang in a jazz/cabaret group called Women with standards.

  4. maidhc said,

    December 11, 2018 @ 4:08 am

    I was unable to find a definitive answer, but I always thought that 'judgment' was the American spelling and 'judgement' the British. Now here is the Guardian using 'judgment'.

    I understand the Labor Party in Australia but this has left me perplexed.

  5. Philip Anderson said,

    December 11, 2018 @ 8:22 am

    That is my understanding, and dictionaries agree (except in a legal context). However, the Guardian/Observer style guide includes ‘judgment’ without comment:

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