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You’ve Been Warned: With Auto Correct Comes Funny, Frightening and Fretful Errors

The auto-correct feature on smartphones is quickly becoming both a blessing and a curse to reporters. While speed-typing to tweet a quote or respond to an email, a typo can quickly be corrected without having to stop. But like a GPS, sometimes things go really wrong.

While at the Democratic convention, Roll Call HOH‘s Neda Semani live-tweeted former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s speech. The governor suddenly became a very high ranking figure. “It kept correcting Crist to ‘Christ,’ which I didn’t realize until after,” Semani told FBDC.

Politico‘s Ben White has had his own issues with spelling software. “Not for nothing but my spell check wants to change ‘Stephanopoulos’ to ‘postmenopausal,’” he tweeted last month.

Jen Bendery at HuffPost has also felt the sting of auto correct. “I usually catch auto-correct mistakes before hitting send,” she said, “but one thing that is super annoying (and happens all the time) is when I hurriedly write ‘seriously’ and ‘aerioauky’ fills in.” Bendery said she wasn’t sure if aerioauky is a word. (We’ve consulted an American dictionary and confirmed it is not.)

And on and on it goes. Below is a compilation (undoubtedly an incomplete one) of the trials and tribulations journalists have had with auto correct:

Slate‘s Dave Weigel told us no matter how many times he types in his “favorite phrase,” his phone always adjusts it to say “I don’t give a shot.”

Last year WaPo‘s Tim Craig sent out a tweet that was supposed to be about D.C. compensating fire department workers. It ended in a much messier tweet (emphasis ours): “Also, couldn’t argument be made 24 hours shits would be cheaper for city,” Craig wrote. “Big fires last hours, so more OT would be paid if 12 hour shifts?”

Over the weekend, Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry tweeted, “Adventures in Auto-correct: ‘We made a pistol at Shake Shack’ — um ‘pit stop’!”

Last month Reuter‘s Sam Youngman tweeted, “Today’s traveling tune: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Mötley Crüe.” The dots above the “o” and “u” are called umlauts. AP‘s Henry Jackson tweeted at Youngman that he was “impressed” by them.. “Not me. Auto correct knows how to party,” said Youngman. Jackson replied, “I always suspected auto correct had a hard-rock streak in him/her.”

Goodie two shoes Tim Wong, who works on WaPo‘s mobile design team, said he proofreads his messages and hasn’t had any auto correct mishaps. “I learned to never depend on spell check in J-school,” he said. Wong added, however, that auto correct is “probably one of the cardinal enemies of the Twitter hashtag.”

SiriusXM/P.O.T.U.S Radio’s Julie Mason has also faced down the curse of the correction function. “I constantly ask others to ‘wait a sex,’” she said. “I had a colleague once whose byline, via auto correct, became ‘John Maggot.’”

And in a pool report last month, Yahoo! NewsOliver Knox noted that David Plouffe‘s last name “generates all manner of oddball auto correct suggestions.” In the Firefox web browser, suggested replacements for “plouffe” are “souffle” and “pouffe.”

Freelance video journalist Markette Smith told us she “always” has problems with auto correct. In the past she sent texts meant for her husband to her boss twice. Thankfully it was “nothing too damaging.”

Avid conservative tweeter Kevin Eder wrote last month, “I don’t even know why I bother tweeting from my phone. It never, ever ends well. #typos #errors #fail”

BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted in September that he “often get[s] in trouble” typing “it’s” verses “its” thanks to auto correct.

Our favorite comes from WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. He experienced a particularly awkward screw-up while corresponding with an executive at Allbritton Communications (his employer at the time). The executive had asked Wemple to do something. “I was happy to comply with the request and was in a rush, so I wrote ‘NP.’ That is, short for “no problem.” But auto-correct rendered it as ‘NO,’” Wemple said. Needless to say, he had to smooth things over.

On the other hand, there’s the ever cautious ABC 7 daytime anchor Steve Chenevey. To avoid mishaps, he has done what many may eventually do — he turned off his work phone’s auto-correct feature. Safe and sound.

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In Live! Contest, Local Reporter Finds Her Element

Things didn’t pan out for Markette Smith in her run to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa this Tuesday. She lost last week to three other contestants who received more online votes across the country.

Smith said she knew something was off on Wednesday when one of the show’s producers, all of which she felt she’d developed a good rapport with, wouldn’t look her in the eye while talking to her during rehearsal. “I knew something was wrong,” Smith told FBDC in a phone interview. “I’m a journalist, so I know when people aren’t telling the whole truth. It’s just a gut feeling.” She said she called her husband to tell him she wasn’t feeling confident that she had received enough votes online from the day before and that producers didn’t spend as much time with her that morning as they had with the other three contestants.

Her shot at appearing on Live! began earlier this summer with Smith, along with thousands of other hopefuls, submitting a video of herself “singing and dancing.” She used her background in web producing to mobilize friends and family in a social media campaign to grab the attention of the show’s producers. “I’m so glad that I have a social media background,” she said, “because nobody told me– nobody said ‘Okay Markette, get on social media because you’re gonna need to get votes.’ It was second nature for me.”

Smith used Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Internet memes (a friend superimposed Smith’s face onto the body of Rosie the Riveter) and something called GetGlue, a type of FourSquare but rather than “checking in” at actual places, users check in with TV shows, movies and music. She saw her Twitter followers double from 300 to 600 and the “likes” on her Facebook fan page tripled.

In early July, Smith, who currently works as a freelance TV entertainment reporter, was selected as a top 25 finalist. “Once I made it to the top 25, I was in it to win it,” she said. “I was very serious about winning.” From there, she reached out to Fresh FM for support. ABC7 also reported on Smith and the contest. Soon enough, Smith reached the top five and began the on-air, in-studio portion of the show’s contest in New York. “Not to sound overconfident,” but she said all her hard work to make it that far paid off.

Last Monday, as the only female in the final five, Smith took to the stage to make a live pitch as to why she should win. It worked. “That day I got the votes,” she said “I felt very comfortable on stage. Speaking to the studio audience. Looking right at that camera. I felt in my element.” She moved on to the top four.

During her time in New York, Smith got to meet Ripa, whom Smith described as a “true professional.” Smith watched Ripa record promos for the show. “She did them all in one take,” she said. “And she told me I was one of her husband’s favorites.”

But on the second day in-studio, things didn’t go so hot. “It was fine,” Smith said, sounding less than enthused at the memory. Each contestant had to answer 60 seconds worth of rapid-fire questions. “The stakes were getting higher and higher every day,” she said. Smith drew a question asking who her favorite person was. She answered, with a stutter, that it was “God.” Then, realizing God isn’t actually a person, she named her husband.

Due to a lack of votes, Smith was eliminated the next day. Still, she said she learned a lot from the experience. “If you believe you can do something,” she said, “or you want to push yourself and challenge yourself to do something different, you can do that. It’ll happen. It’ll happen!”

For now, Smith will continue working as a red carpet correspondent for AMC Movie News. Her next step is move to New York City or Los Angeles to continue pursuing her career as a TV features reporter. But there’s more to it than just being a TV journalist. “I want to connect with my audience, engage them and story-tell on multiple platforms,” she said. “I don’t even know if that job exists yet.”

Local Reporter Pitches Herself On ‘Live!’

WAMU’s Markette Smith is a top five finalist in the competition to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa and this morning she went on the program to make her case as to why she should win.

All five finalists were challenged to stand on the set with nothing other than a cardboard cutout of Ripa to talk to for a full minute. Markette, the lone female in the race, went third and, as she has done since entering the contest, she played up the fact that her birthday falls on the day she’d co-host the show.

“If I win it will be the best birthday ever!” Smith said, stumbling over the words a bit before explaining (in the most endearing way), “I’m sorry, I’m nervous!”

In her pitch Smith spoke of her former job as a web producer before following her ambition for television. “It has always been my dream to host a morning talk show,” she gushed. Oh, and did she mention that she’s turning 32 on Tuesday? Smith repeatedly said being on the show with Ripa would make this her best birthday ever. She also said she has been married for four years and that her husband would come along. After her performance, Ripa razzed her for playing “the birthday card.” Still, she was the most down-to-earth of all the contestants, the least awkward and completed the 60-second task, which can’t be said of some of the other contestants who had as many as eight seconds left unused.

Viewers vote for their favorite contestant here. He or she with the least amount of votes will be eliminated tomorrow.

Some reaction from Smith’s fans on Twitter:

  • “Just saw DMV’s own Markette Smith on #LiveWithKelly auditioning for a co host spot. She did good. Loved her energy. Wish her well.”
  • “So far I’m LOVING Markette :) @LiveKelly she’s the only one that really engaged me!”
  • “Yea! Go get ‘em today @super_markette on the Kelly Ripa show!”

Local Reporter Picked To Co-Host ‘Live!’ With Kelly

Markette Smith, correspondent for WAMU radio and entertainment news reporter, has been selected as a top 10 finalist to co-host Live! alongside Kelly Ripa.

On July 3, thousands of contestants were whittled down to the top 25 and Smith was among them. She then had friends and family use social media to spread the word and encourage people to leave a comment on the Live! Facebook page saying “Choose Markette.” Yesterday it was announced Smith was named a top 10 finalist.

Between today and tomorrow at 3 p.m., Smith has to get as many votes as possible on the Live! web page. The five contestants with the most votes travel to New York City to host an entire episode on July 24, which happens to be Smith’s birthday.

You can place your vote here.