Its That Prufreeding Thyme Agin

by Dan Ward

Now that copy editors have gone the way of the Dodo bird, I find myself reminiscing about college proofreading exercises every time I read a news story.

No, I’m not picking on my hometown paper (again). It seems like any news article I read, in print or online, contains more and more mistakes.

I realize that there are fewer people to edit copy nowadays, but proofreading and editing should be the job of everyone in the news business (and in any communications field).

Each grammatical error, each spelling mistake, each missing word kicks the reader out of the story. You find yourself focusing on the writer rather than the subject matter he or she is trying to describe.

Proofreading is so important to us that we often have applicants complete a proofreading exercise during interviews. From now on, we might just hand them a red pen and a newspaper.

3 Responses to Its That Prufreeding Thyme Agin

  1. Roger Pynn says:

    Are you sure that isn’t the DoughDough Bird? Spellcheck could have easily made that happen.

  2. Kerry says:

    I have a theory: When reporters send their story to the web editor to post online, they still have track changes in them. When the web editor does a copy/paste job– it pulls the deleted words back into the story.

    Or am I trying too hard to give them the benefit of the doubt?

  3. Roger Pynn says:

    That’s it. Blame Bill Gates!

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