rewriteman

re•write•man

(ˈri raɪtˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
a newspaper editor who writes articles from available information or reworks copy written by reporters.
[1900–05, Amer.]
usage: See -man.
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Casey Bukro is national SPJ ethics committee co chair, Chicago Tribune overnight editor and former City News Bureau of Chicago rewriteman.
His reputation in the theater world continued to grow as he got jobs as a play doctor and rewriteman.
In those days, Caro says, Cook was "the quintessential rewriteman, so accustomed to seeing the world through the earpiece of a telephone headset and notes taken by other men that he felt no need to see it for himself." He marvels at the fact that in three years of writing about the Manhattantown development scandal, a twenty-minute subway ride from his office, Cook never went to look at it.
Ruane, a gifted rewriteman who wrote several of the lead stories for the Washington Post, says Post editors reminded reporters to stay focused on the heart of the stories.