What Exactly Is a Copy Editor?
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What's a slot man? OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The term is still widely used today (though often it's just "slot"), and some copy desks are still set up in basically the same fashion, except with computers.
In the photo above, as the ancient textbook from which I stole it puts it, "The arrangement is somewhat unusual, because on only a few papers does anyone sit inside the horseshoe except the head of the desk. In this instance the state editor is seated inside at the foot on the left side and the telegraph editor inside at the foot on the right side. The slot man is in the center of the horseshoe across from the head of the desk and the news editor." (This caption appears to use "head of the desk" once as a term for a human and once as a geographical term.)