3 snapshots of news without editing

A copy desk being reduced or eliminated brings many signs of lower quality, and reporters, too, suffer when their numbers are diminished and they're forced to "do more with less."There are two categories of fear for journalists: The big picture, the fear that news isn't being covered, isn't being covered well or in enough depth,…Read more 3 snapshots of news without editing

Have you messed up today? 2 items to help you feel better

We all have those days -- editors and reporters simply have the mistakes immortalized more easily.Instead of getting too down, have a laugh at these examples of journalism that, if nothing else, put your goof-up into perspective:FarkFunnyOrDie's (see? an error of my own) collection of the funniest police blotters. Not all are newspaper mistakes, but…Read more Have you messed up today? 2 items to help you feel better

If journalists don’t pay attention, who will?

Journalists are rightly called watchdogs of government, the rich and the powerful. They needn't be the only source of investigative efforts, but their profession lends itself to the task.However, with slashed budgets and an emphasis on providing what the reader wants (or, more often, what we think the reader wants), much of the watchdog journalism,…Read more If journalists don’t pay attention, who will?

A good quote needs no editing, baseball edition

So, you may have heard that Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter tonight. It's the first no-no in the playoffs since 1956, decades before the playoff format Halladay pitched in existed.One player refused to believe that his team simply was beaten. Orlando Cabrera said, and I quote:"[H]e and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him…Read more A good quote needs no editing, baseball edition

Success and failure can hinge on a single word

Headline mistakes are rarely, in my experience, of a deliberate action. They are almost of an oversight, a mistyping or confusion. And most of the time, it's but one word or phrase that makes the difference -- its spelling, its substitution for the correct word, or its placement. All this places added pressure on copy…Read more Success and failure can hinge on a single word

No time to edit? Editors, save yourselves

Part 1 was here, albeit too many days ago.Editing is too slow, too costly and, maybe, too unnoticed in online media. Perhaps. My example-of-the-moment was the Los Angeles Times breaking-news blog, L.A. Now.Here are the three major obstacles to news editors, copy and otherwise, regaining their former prominence, as I see it:Breaking news is a…Read more No time to edit? Editors, save yourselves

"Power Outrages": Is news coming too fast to edit?

Part 1: Typos in, editors out There were some issues with power going in and out at locations in Los Angeles this week. The Los Angeles Times' collaborative (with sister TV stations) breaking-news blog, L.A. Now, was all over it, reporting that though the cause wasn't known, it wasn't a disaster. For one, "There have been…Read more "Power Outrages": Is news coming too fast to edit?

To cede or concede? An editing question

The Washington Post on Friday had the latest update on a disturbing criminal, Robert Pettus, who was convicted of raping and killing a 77-year-old woman and more recently accused of sexually assaulting a fellow prisoner.Here's the sentence, though, that led a co-worker to lament the declining copy-editing standards at the Post: This time, he says…Read more To cede or concede? An editing question