That's why this article in the New York Times about the vanishing copy editor caught my eye. Web 2.0 makes Mr. Cronkite's point more important than ever. A public radio listener said to me the other day, "Think about the number of times you see something on the web, often forwarded to you by a friend, and when you read it you say 'that can't be true.' And a quick check on Google proves it is not. Then think about the number of times you listen to Morning Edition and say, 'that can't be true.' Almost never. It just doesn't happen."
The amount of unedited, unchecked content will grow exponentially faster that fact-checked, well-edited content. This creates what might be one of the most significant niches for public radio in a Web 2.0 world, vetted journalism. Put another way, there will always be a market for accuracy and the well-chosen word. Maybe that's why services such as getanedit.com are starting to pop up. (I have no financial interest in this service.)
Investing in the editorial process should be a priority for public radio (or public media if you prefer). This is true at the network level and even at the smallest stations. The phrase "everyone needs an edit" applies universally. If applied consistently, public radio can become a shining star over the new media landscape.