Society’s quality-control problem with editing

Depleted newsrooms are every day illustrating what a lack of copy editing does -- a slow sapping of quality and quality control. It doesn't mean no news is gathered or that the language is destroyed, but the effect might be more insidious. Only the most able-eyed and loudest notice, and their noise is often dismissed…Read more Society’s quality-control problem with editing

The online news media on 9/11 and 10 years later

The now-defunct Rocky Mountain News (Denver), on Sept. 11, 2001The Internet was already making its presence known to media in 2001, even if it was still not on the minds of most. Print and television were still raking in outrageous profits despite signs of trouble, and after all, AOL Instant Messenger was as advanced as…Read more The online news media on 9/11 and 10 years later

Why LinkedIn’s "Top CEO Names" list isn’t very useful

LinkedIn is getting a lot of buzz from the data on names it pulled from its admittedly impressive trove of executives and professionals. It's always fun to play with data, and there are amusements, such as restaurant workers being decidely French in their first names -- or aliases.But, really, what does it mean that the…Read more Why LinkedIn’s "Top CEO Names" list isn’t very useful

Eric Holder and porn: The difference 1 missing word makes

I talk about value-added editing as an unfortunate necessity, in which we have to show why editing and care with writing make our products clearer and better -- and at a cost worth incurring. But to do this, we have to act -- no one will notice, care or act for us. It risks us…Read more Eric Holder and porn: The difference 1 missing word makes

For every editor’s best efforts, there’s an Iran saying "2012" spells "Zion"

“Using the word Zion in the logo of 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against Olympic's valuable mottos." ~ the unhinged state that is IranSo, the London people hosting the 2012 Olympic Games have come up with a logo, whose main feature is being centered almost entirely on the fact that it's the…Read more For every editor’s best efforts, there’s an Iran saying "2012" spells "Zion"