Copy editing students are warned that the class is ‘appallingly, unrelievedly dull’

The Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre warns students that his Loyola University Maryland CM 361 (Copy Editing) class isn’t easy, and that it’s “appallingly, unrelievedly dull.”

Prof. McIntyre

Prof. McIntyre

A student from a previous term complained in the course evaluation that “he just did the same thing over and over day after day.” Exactly. So will you. Editing is done word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and we will go over texts in class, word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence, and paragraph by paragraph. No one will hear you scream.

I’m going to turn my back for a minute so that anyone who wants to bolt can escape.

He also warns students that “my manner and sense of humor may not be to your taste.” It’s not, however, a course requirement to appreciate it.

* Day One in John McIntyre’s copy editing class (
* “Made a boring, dry subject bearable,” and other reviews of McIntyre (