Friday, January 20, 2006

WHAT Proofreader?


This is an actual headline from our local newspaper.
There are at least 3 headline errors in every edition of the paper. We've stopped counting the errors in the body of the articles. They insist that they employ a proofreader. What do you think?

26 Comments:

At 1/20/2006 7:39 PM, Blogger SME said...

Stevie Wonder is a proofreader?

 
At 1/20/2006 7:42 PM, Blogger Vest said...

It could only happen in America, Ha Ha. Maybe both proof reader and the editor will get SHOT for their faux pas.

 
At 1/20/2006 8:49 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

I see so many errors in business e-mails that I wonder where these people got their educations. But a newspaper? Come on, they should be doing better than that.

 
At 1/20/2006 10:08 PM, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

oh my goodness.

 
At 1/20/2006 11:22 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I'm sad to say it doesn't surprise me. :-P

 
At 1/20/2006 11:35 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

They allow first graders to work professionally?

How about if you mark it up and mail the corrections in for a week?

 
At 1/21/2006 1:05 AM, Blogger SME said...

With red pen, of course. Heehee.

 
At 1/21/2006 3:00 AM, Blogger Vest said...

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At 1/21/2006 7:09 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I can't understand why there isn't a bigger uproar over this. I personally know the publisher, and he just grins and shrugs when I point these out to him. He INSISTS that they DO have a proofreader, but he won't tell me who it is.
This example is funny, but I get riled up when they say a story is continued on a certain page, and it isn't there(or anywhere)!
What kind of example does this set for our schoolkids, who read the paper for current events?
I've been considering Bridg's idea for some time now. If I was a teacher, I'd make it a class project for English class. ;)

OK, Vest; I'll bite. What or who is Minne Solas?

 
At 1/21/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger --R said...

Holy moly, I can't bear it.
I would have gotten out the red pen long ago. In fact, I'll bet that the proofreader is the editor's offspring or near relation. Lucky kid. Or maybe it's just the spellcheck program. After all, "thrown" wasn't misspelled.
If it's really an independent paper then I'd just keep correcting. Good for your town if they're independent, though!
But chances are your paper is actually owned by one of the big conglomerates. Maybe it's time for a packet to be sent to home office.

 
At 1/21/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

-r, that's a great idea! Our paper was totally independent until about 20 yrs ago. Then it was bought by a Red Wing, MN company that owned 2 other papers. I'm not sure if this little company has been bought off or not. I'll check into it.
There is no nepotism at the paper and everybody there is over 30. My guess is that they don't have a proofreader, just spellchecker.

 
At 1/21/2006 11:40 AM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

"I can't understand why there isn't a bigger uproar over this. I personally know the publisher, and he just grins and shrugs when I point these out to him. He INSISTS that they DO have a proofreader, but he won't tell me who it is."

Truth is, there are probably only a few people in town bright enough to catch it.... not enough complaints to actually DO something about!

 
At 1/21/2006 12:49 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I think you hit the nail on the head, GWB! I showed this headline to my boss and she didn't get it until I explained. *sigh*

 
At 1/21/2006 7:40 PM, Blogger saby said...

r u saying we indians over breed?
Grrrrrrr ...

 
At 1/21/2006 7:47 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Tshsmom, there is no nepotism but I bet there's intermarrying! Who's the editor's parents?

OOOOOOOOHHHHHH that was mean!

Never mind.

Bridg

 
At 1/21/2006 8:16 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

LOL, Bridg! If the editor was local, I'd say there was a good chance. They imported him from somewhere, but I can't remember where. Hmmm....there's still a chance. ;)

Where did I say that, Saby? If you're referring to my comment on Bridget's blog, I meant that we Americans have overpopulated ourselves.

 
At 1/21/2006 10:53 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I think that's pretty appalling and I would cancel my subscription, personally.

Aaron and I read USA Today when we were travelling around Italy and we were so astonished at how an international newspaper could be so terribly written - and not just spelling: run on sentences, misplaced modifiers... The list went on.

I don't think your publisher's cavalier attitude about it is acceptable, either.

Actually, I've just been inspired to do a post about an email I had from a professional head hunter who wants to charge me a fee for creating a resume for the UK. It was absolutely ridiculous and I'm really reluctant to use her services...

 
At 1/22/2006 6:30 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC, this headline was from a story from the AP. You can only imagine how they screw up the local stories.
We don't want to cancel the paper as it's our only source of local politics, deaths, births, etc. They are also the only source of grocery ads and coupons, plus the Kmart and Menards ads.
I'd be interested in reading your email story. Post on!

 
At 1/22/2006 12:07 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I see your predicament, tshsmom. Perhaps you can use the papers as a teaching tool for Z, then, and turn him into a crack editor!

I just posted the story about the email I received, including the actual email.

 
At 1/22/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger Vest said...

You have each and every one of you, Misread the intention of the Editor of this newspaper.
The glaring mistake was anything but a mistake, it was nothing other than a sinister ploy to allow busy-bodies such as us to become critical of the newspaper and stir the bucket, thereby allowing this tinpot sticksville tabloid to become nationally acclaimed; thereby boosting sales.
Sorry tshsmom about the sticksville slur, x.

 
At 1/22/2006 2:30 PM, Blogger European said...

Hello?!! Thrown is, like, totally a word, you know?!

 
At 1/22/2006 3:24 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

There's always that possibility Vest. LOL We ARE Sticksville, so no offense taken.

WC, Z has actually been reading the paper more, just to find the errors. Whatever works. ;)

But WHERE will they throw him Euro?

 
At 1/22/2006 5:26 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I think they employ MS word's spellcheck... which unfortunately doesn't catch typos involving real words. Professional! **rolls eyes**

 
At 1/23/2006 12:55 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Whoa. What the !@#$%^%& is that headline supposed to mean?

SME - You know the definition of "endles love?"

Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles playing tennis.

 
At 1/23/2006 6:42 AM, Blogger SME said...

*giggle*

 
At 1/23/2006 1:49 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Laura, the worst part of MS Word is that annoying damned paperclip! Z disabled him for me and I've been smiling ever since.

That's a groaner I hadn't heard before ZS. ;)

 

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