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    ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD PUBLISHER ASKS THE PUBLIC TO HELP EDIT THE NEWSPAPER


    — From Sunday’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel; h/t Doug Whiteman

    St. Augustine Record publisher Delinda Fogel’s ambitious goal for 2014 “is to eliminate the typos and grammar mistakes in the newspaper.” (The “imate” typo above is from Sunday’s edition of another Florida paper, the Sun-Sentinel.)

    She writes:

    I hear from some readers that part of the entertainment value of The Record is counting the number of errors. I’m not proud that we have a problem. It is very humbling, but it seems to take an army to help turn this tide.

    This isn’t a simple work-at-home project; participants are asked to meet at the Record building to proofread pages from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    publisher“We’ll keep a tally of the proofreading volunteers and award a nice dinner for two to the person who helps us catch the most typos and errors,” writes Fogel (at left). (I’ve sent her an email, asking why she doesn’t hire professionals to edit the paper.)

    A former Record employee tells me that the paper has a four-person copy desk and that it’s “extremely overworked, and copy editing ends up being only about 10 percent of the job, as the copy editors also have to lay out the entire paper. There was barely time to proof pages when I was there, and the copy we got from editors was very rough.”

    The Record is owned by Morris Communications.

    Note to Morris Communications Group Publisher Les Simpson: Last weekend, you wrote on Facebook: “Want to know what is responsible for why newspapers have struggled? I’m afraid it is archaic ‘journalists’ who would rather sit around and whine rather than give the audience what they want. We can still persevere, but quit living in the past. Quit reading Jim Romenesko and go chart the future.”

    So charting the future for Morris Communications is taking people off the street and letting them do trained journalists’ jobs?

    * “Catch the typos” contest kicks off 2014 (staugustine.com)
    LOL! This is a better solution than just having a publication riddled with typos.

    Jim Romenesko
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

  • #2
    I don't know anything about how newspapers are run these days. I assume the reporters/writers submit their articles electronically. If that is the case, wouldn't it be fair to ask the submitters to do a better job of proofing?

    In any event, I'm sure there's a student or retiree that would love this opportunity to volunteer.
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
      I don't know anything about how newspapers are run these days. I assume the reporters/writers submit their articles electronically. If that is the case, wouldn't it be fair to ask the submitters to do a better job of proofing?

      In any event, I'm sure there's a student or retiree that would love this opportunity to volunteer.
      Based on my tutoring at the college level, the writers may not be aware of errors.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        I hear from some readers that part of the entertainment value of The Record is counting the number of errors. I’m not proud that we have a problem. It is very humbling, but it seems to take an army to help turn this tide.
        It is probably just me, but the quote itself is somewhat tortuous to read.
        "I hear" would read better as "I have heard" and "it seems to take an army to help turn this tide" rings like a Justin Bieber song in my head.

        What do I know other than useless trivia?
        We are so fucked.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gary m View Post
          It is probably just me, but the quote itself is somewhat tortuous to read.
          "I hear" would read better as "I have heard" and "it seems to take an army to help turn this tide" rings like a Justin Bieber song in my head.

          What do I know other than useless trivia?
          It's quote, not descriptive writing. People always sound dumber when they are quoted although the lines denoting 'descriptive writing' and 'dumb-sounding quotes' are rapidly converging.
          "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
            It's quote, not descriptive writing. People always sound dumber when they are quoted although the lines denoting 'descriptive writing' and 'dumb-sounding quotes' are rapidly converging.
            I would tend to agree except the story says "She writes"
            If this is how she writes as a publisher of a newspaper... just saying
            We are so fucked.

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