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Posts Tagged ‘editing’

The New York Times Experienced Premature Publication on Keystone XL

NYT BuildingThe New York Times just can’t catch a break.

The editors of the Old Grey Lady have serious sight problems, as noted with this unfortunate front page drama and this mistreated story. We aren’t sure if it’s the ghost of former executive editor Jill Abramson haunting the newsroom halls, but something is afoot. And much like one with no socks in a crusty pair of Toms, it stinks.

Enter into the fray the much-debated story about the Keystone XL pipeline. (For context, our fearless leader posted on the leak of Edelman’s “strategy” documents regarding a similar project from the same company, TransCanada).

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The New York Times Ignores Spell Check…Again

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Quick question: Anyone know any editors at The New York Times? Specifically, someone who works on the front page?

You see, we in the PRNewserverse are concerned about the paper nicknamed “The Old Grey Lady” because we believe the old broad has a serious case of glaucoma. Don’t get us wrong, we heart our journo friends at the Times and believe they’re some of the best reporters in the country. Their editors, though, aren’t doing them any favors recently.

Lately, the Times has been on a roll with a string of spelling kerfuffles, and its most recent issue is something most MS Word programs will flag with quickness. Pour a little liquor on the curb for that lady…

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The 5 Most Common Grammar Errors That Aren’t…Really

Grammar-Nazi-PeanutsIf you spend anytime in PR, you are going to come across the self-proclaimed “Grammar Nazi” who wears the dreaded red Sharpie around his/her neck like a nerdy Flavor Flav. I should know, I’m one of those dweebs (most of the time).

And despite the mind-numbing changes by the AP Stylebook that really don’t need to be made, it is always nice to stay up on the reasons behind the edits because knowledge really is power.

For that reason, this week’s #5Things is important because there are actually some edits that don’t need to be made, as much as you may want to do that.

It’s okay. Breathe easy and push the Sharpie away.

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5 Easy Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work

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We all do it. Regardless of one’s stature in the PR community, whether one’s business card includes the letters “APR”, or the phrase “agency principal”, every flack has to serve as his/her own editor on occasion (facepalm implied).

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m thinking of getting myself checked into editing rehab for “cerebral flatulence”–or something like that.

I read each blog post at least once before submitting it, and I read my own releases twice. And yet, someone, somewhere always finds that one mistake that makes me feel like I’m just learning to overcome dyslexia. We all miss words because we wrote them, so in our heads everything is peachy.

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Oh Lesus Christ! Vatican Misses Editing on 6,000 Papal Medals.

Vatican_BoltThose of us whom actually adore the AP Stylebook are a nuisance to other flacks in the PR industry. My red pen is legendary with my co-workers. I’m not condescending or anything, but I really enjoy editing. From language to syntax, tonality to voice, these are good times.

And yes, I don’t have many friends, but I digress.

Understanding editing can actually be a gift for some people, you would think if one edited for say…God…you would really pay attention. At least I would for fear of finding a surge of instant energy in my behind.

Evidently, that’s not a large concern in Rome. The Vatican, to be more specific. I suppose when your boss is the Bishop of Rome (AKA Il Papa, The Pontiff, The Big Guy in the Sweet Ride, Pope Francis I), being killed for a minor edit wouldn’t become a bother because you don’t have far to go when you die.

So, enjoy this story from UPI. It discusses The Vatican having to recall 6,000 special medals meant to commemorate the inauguration of Pope Francis after a typo was discovered on the coin, misspelling Jesvs as “Lesvs.”

I don’t mean the “V”, which is Latin and they do things differently out of town. No, I mean jacking up the name of the Son of God. To wit, this story goes international and the Catholic News Service gets Interweb savvy and tweets it (thank you!)

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