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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  
5 votes:
The problem is that, due to a typo, they now have to give away an entire diner.
2014-01-22 02:39:46 PM  
4 votes:
2014-01-22 01:58:20 PM  
3 votes:
The times are actually 8 to 11 AM.
2014-01-22 01:52:21 PM  
3 votes:

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

But wait, there's more....
2014-01-22 03:22:16 PM  
2 votes:
Meanwhile: Inside the St. Augustine Record
2014-01-22 02:08:32 PM  
2 votes:

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

This story comes out of Florida.

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


/fixed that for Florida
2014-01-22 01:55:04 PM  
2 votes:
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 04:44:06 PM  
1 vote:
Heh heh ... I actually am a proofreader.

All pubs have typos. Esp. the dailies.

Don't even get me started on websites, which are apparently where grammar and punctuation were brutally murdered and then left out to be picked clean by those flesh-eating beetles.

Having said that, just make sure the headlines don't have errors. Because when something is in 72 pt. type, it's pretty noticeable. When it's in the 8 pt. copy below it, not so much.
2014-01-22 03:00:04 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:18:22 PM  
1 vote:
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."
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 02:07:52 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:07:34 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:06:52 PM  
1 vote:
2014-01-22 02:05:03 PM  
1 vote:
Some not have way.
2014-01-22 02:04:19 PM  
1 vote:
Grammar Cat is watching you ameliorate.
2014-01-22 02:03:36 PM  
1 vote:
Dinner is cheaper than a word processor I guess.
2014-01-22 01:57:28 PM  
1 vote:
Nobodys prefect.
2014-01-22 01:54:43 PM  
1 vote:
So, are they still going to pay the editor this week?
2014-01-22 01:54:35 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:50:23 PM  
1 vote:
I make it at about tree-fiddy a woid.
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