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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   ( divider line
    More: Florida, St. Augustine Record, Jim Romenesko, McLovin  
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4215 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Jan 2014 at 1:47 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-22 02:12:01 PM  
2 votes:
The problem is that, due to a typo, they now have to give away an entire diner.
2014-01-22 02:03:36 PM  
2 votes:
Dinner is cheaper than a word processor I guess.
2014-01-22 02:00:17 PM  
2 votes:
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 01:54:35 PM  
2 votes:
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 04:28:44 PM  
1 vote:
Here's an idea, how about the writer's of said stories proofread them before hitting send?
2014-01-22 03:05:49 PM  
1 vote:

JuggleGeek: So their theory is "lets ask for free help instead of hiring employees to do the job"?

That's like starting a grocery store and telling people "But you have to come work on the farm for free, and we'll give free apples to one person who helps".

Why can't they hire more people?

I keep seeing business complaining that there's too much work for too few employees, as if we're in some sort of labor shortage.

Walmart, for example, 'we don't have enough people to man the registers AND stock the shelves, so they all sit empty until people stop coming in to buy things and we close the store.' Hiring people to perform a service for profit is apparently completly out of the question.

No wonder so many people are going self-employed.
2014-01-22 03:02:34 PM  
1 vote:
So their theory is "lets ask for free help instead of hiring employees to do the job"?

That's like starting a grocery store and telling people "But you have to come work on the farm for free, and we'll give free apples to one person who helps".
2014-01-22 02:42:06 PM  
1 vote:
Incidentally, newspapers could totally crowdsource their proofreading if they applied some technology here.

All they'd have to do is post the full stories as they come in and wiki-fy them so that registered subscribers could provide instant edits. Their pre-press software could be linked to those articles to pull the latest version at midnight (or whenever they actually go to press) and run those.

There'd be some shenanigans initially with vandals and so forth, but they'd ban those subscribers from making edits. In my mind, that's a better alternative than having people come into your office and having to pay out a free dinner every night. And it's way better than having shameful print editions loaded with errors.
2014-01-22 02:41:31 PM  
1 vote:

abhorrent1: 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

There are already far too many moron "journalists" and "editors" who rely exclusively on spellcheck. That leads to publications full of properly-spelled, but improperly-used words.
2014-01-22 02:31:37 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:31:07 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:22:48 PM  
1 vote:

SonOfSpam: ...invites citizens to come down to ITS building....
2014-01-22 02:14:56 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:11:04 PM  
1 vote:

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 02:09:08 PM  
1 vote:
So they accidentally the whole thing in every edition?  That would make it well worth reading an actual newspaper.
2014-01-22 01:55:04 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:54:43 PM  
1 vote:
So, are they still going to pay the editor this week?
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