My professional copy-editing work includes a daily publication looking, through brief summaries, at the nuclear energy industry. Editorials and guest columns on the idea of nuclear energy are a major part of industry news because, well, there hasn't been a new nuclear plant built in a while.Often, those op-eds are by experts in the field,…Read more When editors must say, "You don’t know what you’re talking about"
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
Some links about what's going on in the editing world (with a couple of them found through the unwieldy but still helpful #copyediting hashtag on Twitter):John McIntyre, once and again of The Baltimore Sun, is lending his voice and wisdom to an audio conference next week. More info here -- it's not cheap, but I…Read more A roundup of the editing world
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
No, I was not at the American Copy Editors Society event in Philadelphia this past week and weekend. But given the occasion, I thought we should take a look at headlines that were surely the responsibility of their lesser colleagues -- if a copy editor touched these masterpieces at all.This edition features some headlines that…Read more Headlines that suck: Post-ACES edition