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(Jim Romenesko)   Embarrassed by its reputation as a typo farm, Florida newspaper invites citizens to come down to building between 8 and 11 PM to proofread its next edition, with person finding most errors winning free dinner   (jimromenesko.com) divider line 95
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2014-01-22 01:43:15 PM
English;-how do it work?
 
2014-01-22 01:50:23 PM
I make it at about tree-fiddy a woid.
 
2014-01-22 01:50:58 PM
...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....
 
2014-01-22 01:52:21 PM

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....


But wait, there's more....
 
2014-01-22 01:53:23 PM
Gannett is taking notes on this, I'm sure.
 
2014-01-22 01:54:35 PM
The Baltimore Sun could've done this about 15yrs ago. My high school journalism class would take quizzes where our teacher would give us a page of the paper and see if we could find all the same mistakes she did.
 
2014-01-22 01:54:43 PM
So, are they still going to pay the editor this week?
 
2014-01-22 01:55:04 PM
Hell, I've offered my editing services for FREE to publishers for YEARS. Including our local daily, whose staff members all seem to forget all rules of grammar.

/Methinks they like printing crap.
 
2014-01-22 01:56:02 PM
Fark should do the same thing with catching repeats.
 
2014-01-22 01:57:00 PM
Maybe the Grauniad should try this out.
 
2014-01-22 01:57:28 PM
Nobodys prefect.
 
2014-01-22 01:58:20 PM
The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.
 
2014-01-22 01:58:33 PM
I thought at first that this was about my local paper. God-damned typos in the FRONT PAGE HEADLINES!
 
2014-01-22 02:00:17 PM
How about we try tackling real, unbiased journalism first, and I'll be willing to overlook a few typos in the meantime?
 
2014-01-22 02:03:36 PM
Dinner is cheaper than a word processor I guess.
 
2014-01-22 02:04:19 PM
Grammar Cat is watching you ameliorate.
 
2014-01-22 02:05:03 PM
Some not have way.
 
2014-01-22 02:06:52 PM
 
2014-01-22 02:07:11 PM
Nothing makes me feel more superior than fixing someone else's grammar.
 
2014-01-22 02:07:27 PM
It's one thing to have non-obvious typos that are valid words (e.g. public -> pubic), but it's another when the HEADLINE contains a typo that would be caught by spellcheck, like "imate" instead of "inmate"
 
2014-01-22 02:07:34 PM
Can I do this for our local Channel 8 in New Orleans?  Every day, there's a misspelling in their superimposed headlines.  One day, it's going to be a real boner, or an important misdirection.

Then, there's Nicondra Norwood, the weatherlady for 8.  She actually said, on the air, that the water in Lake Pontchartrain heats up faster than the land surrounding it.  I screamed in my sleep for days after that.
 
2014-01-22 02:07:36 PM

Ambitwistor: The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.


Not in the linked article and not in the original contest notice from the paper's publisher. Where did you see this?
 
2014-01-22 02:07:52 PM
I'm not proud that we have a problem. It is very humbling, but it seems to take an army to help turn this tide.

Or you could, ya know, click on the spell check button. Just a thought
 
2014-01-22 02:08:32 PM

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....


This story comes out of Florida.

"come down to it's building..."

FTFF

/fixed that for Florida
 
2014-01-22 02:09:08 PM
So they accidentally the whole thing in every edition?  That would make it well worth reading an actual newspaper.
 
2014-01-22 02:09:25 PM

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to IT'S building....


/ftfy
 
2014-01-22 02:11:04 PM

show me: Ambitwistor: The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.

Not in the linked article and not in the original contest notice from the paper's publisher. Where did you see this?


See, it's a joke, about typos. They're saying the paper actually said pm, when it was just a typo....

FFS. Forget it. Ambitwistor is psychic
 
2014-01-22 02:11:36 PM
Right, because all the editors are retards that can't do their jobs.
 
2014-01-22 02:11:42 PM
The Grauniad should tyr that.
 
2014-01-22 02:12:01 PM
The problem is that, due to a typo, they now have to give away an entire diner.
 
2014-01-22 02:12:33 PM
Nice of him to put a big headline typo from a completely different paper.  Could he not find one in the paper he's citing?
 
2014-01-22 02:13:02 PM

show me: Ambitwistor: The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.

Not in the linked article and not in the original contest notice from the paper's publisher. Where did you see this?


He's just trying to trick everyone else into being there at the wrong time, so he can get the free dinner.
 
2014-01-22 02:14:25 PM
Will the teller be there?
seattle98.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-22 02:14:56 PM
Why would the citizens do the paper's proofreading for free when it's much more fun to ridicule the newspaper?

//Hire an editor or give it up.
 
2014-01-22 02:15:14 PM
Why hire a single literate person for your publication when you can get an army of them for the price of a foot-long sub?
 
2014-01-22 02:15:29 PM
A local television started a daily news blog several years ago. Supposedly written by the on-air personalities. Obviously written by a poorly schooled intern and never checked. It became fairly public that a large number of the middle schools in the area, as well as across the US and at least one school in Canada were handing out the blog and giving their students 5-10 minutes to find as many errors as they could. The station immediately and quietly stopped the blog. Yes, it was that bad. A local 7th grade teacher was quoted as stating that her class had volunteered to take the daily stories and write the blog for extra credit. She also stated that she thought it was fairly obvious that her class could do a better job.
 
2014-01-22 02:16:32 PM

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....


ITS

files.fraterslibertas.com
 
2014-01-22 02:17:09 PM

WelldeadLink: SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....

ITS

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nice.
 
2014-01-22 02:18:22 PM
FTA: Note to Morris Communications Group Publisher Les Simpson: Last weekend, you wrote on Facebook: "Want to know what is responsible for why newspapers have struggled? I'm afraid it is archaic 'journalists' who would rather sit around and whine rather than give the audience what they want. We can still persevere, but quit living in the past. Quit reading Jim Romenesko and go chart the future."

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2014-01-22 02:19:57 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Dinner is cheaper than a word processor I guess.


It's the new Internet business plan. Let the readers write the news for free. Charge 'em $5 a month for extra stupid.

Mum's the word. I see nothing, I hear nothing.
 
2014-01-22 02:22:48 PM

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....


eloquentscience.com
 
2014-01-22 02:25:19 PM
How hard can it be to spell "fbxrd"? Jebus, they need to hire better copyeditors...
 
2014-01-22 02:25:21 PM

QueenMamaBee: show me: Ambitwistor: The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.

Not in the linked article and not in the original contest notice from the paper's publisher. Where did you see this?

See, it's a joke, about typos. They're saying the paper actually said pm, when it was just a typo....

FFS. Forget it. Ambitwistor is psychic


Got it now, had a brain fart. Sorry, nothing to see here, carry on.
 
2014-01-22 02:25:28 PM
As a Florida newspaper editor (at the other end of the state), not getting a kick. That aside, you know what's worse than typos and other errors? Screwing up the crossword puzzle (wrong clues with the puzzle or something). You can make every error in the world -- typos, facts -- but the one that gets the phone ringing nonstop is if there is a problem with the crossword puzzle.
 
2014-01-22 02:31:07 PM
Back when I was delivering newspapers as a kid, if we were interested, the editor allowed us to look over the stories before they were released for print. The editor expected school kids could pick out spelling errors faster than most adults would. We regularly proved he was completely correct.
 
2014-01-22 02:31:37 PM
Why not instead embrace your terrible grammar, and become the first typo newspaper with a contest in every edition that allows the grammar Nazi's to find all the errors and turn them and the Nazi with the most wins dinner! It's like the newest newspaper game, way better than crappy crosswords.
 
2014-01-22 02:32:05 PM
keys dude thanks for what will be my only laugh of the day!
Yep, been there.....
 
2014-01-22 02:32:11 PM
Jeebus people.
Who cares.
Is everyone old.
 
2014-01-22 02:32:14 PM
Dammit, the people would do it for free consistently IF YOU DID NOT OFFER REWARDS UP FRONT.
 
2014-01-22 02:37:17 PM

Ambitwistor: The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.


That'd be amusing, but the PM time is probably correct because that's when copyeditors generally proof. They might even work later if there are sports results to go over.
 
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