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copy boy

also cop·y·boy (kŏp′ē-boi′)
A boy employed by a newspaper or broadcast news office to carry copy and run errands.


(Journalism & Publishing) journalism old-fashioned a boy employed by a newspaper or broadcast news office to carry copy and run errands


(ˈkɒp iˌbɔɪ)

an employee of a newspaper office who carries copy and runs errands, esp. a man.
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He worked as a copyboy at the New York Times in New York before moving to Worcester in 1962 to join the staff of the Worcester Telegram.
Briggs outlines his progress from copyboy to head of a nationally renowned news agency with a practised deftness aided by headlines and hair-raising tales aplenty.
A 45-year newspaper veteran -- he started as a copyboy at The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, when he was 14 -- Maas rose to assistant managing editor in Toledo before moving to Virginia's Roanoke Times as assistant sports editor.
After high school he began as a copyboy and by 22 was a city editor, a career that conjures our country's most heroic phase of print media: dogged muckrakers, The Appeal to Reason, "His Girl Friday" and all the Lee Tracy movies.
SOME, including the urbane fellow himself, felt that his talents were not fully appreciated on the afternoon paper, which gloried in the name of the Reading Eagle, where he worked as a copyboy - running messages between newsroom, composing room and courthouse; serving editors coffee and breakfast, and sometimes assigned mindnumbing tasks of compiling theatre and radio timetables.
After a stint as a copyboy for The Washington Post, he joined Acme Newspictures and photographed the fighting in the Korean War.
Coming home to Manhasset after graduation, he sold kitchenware before landing a job as a copyboy at The New York Times.
That same year (1942) he took a job as a copyboy at The New Yorker.
To return to Tolstoy's view of art as a form of contagion--at the very end of the novel, we see the contagion continuum begin its next cycle as a copyboy at the reporter's office finds the beginnings of the reporter's story (presumably, perhaps, the sum and substance of the novel we have just read) torn and littering the floor.
The current political fixation on fat is as distinctly un-American as Alger Hiss' side job as a Kremlin copyboy.
He started his career in 1953 as a copyboy on the now defunct Evening News in Glasgow.