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Brand Selvia

Typos and the bigger picture

Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 2:55 PM
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  • Looking for others'mistakes must be an exhausting job for the "perfect" people. You guys do a great job and a typo is not much in the grand scheme of things!

    -- Posted by small town fan on Wed, Jul 3, 2019, at 3:04 PM
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    1)People cannot simply "troll" the Banner Graphic website. It is behind a pay wall, and therefore in order to comment - on anything - one must pay for the privilege. That eliminates "trolls" in most senses of the term.

    2)The Urban Dictionary (to use an acceptably updated reference source for word usage) describes "trolling" as: "Trolling – (verb), as it relates to internet, is the deliberate act, (by a Troll – noun or adjective), of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments on various internet forums with the intent to provoke an emotional knee jerk reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument.

    However, we... b/c I admittedly confess to being one of several PAYING CUSTOMERS who are "all too pleased with [ourselves]"...we expect a newspaper to proofread, and when that is not the case, we point it out.

    That is not saying things to provoke a response. That is pointing out and correcting errors.

    3)You are doing yourself and your profession a great disservice by claiming the mantel of victimhood (so it seems from the tone of your blog) and trying to castigate (some) readers as villians or simpletons (peanut-gallery characters) for simply expecting proofreading.

    I work in a professional sphere much less public and yet still get called out for errors. Our errors are even a matter of performance evaluation for our jobs. And yet, we still own them. We fix them where we can, and take it on the chin when we must. We strive to be better. We don't shrug and say that's just the way it is, or blame those that found the errors.

    4)The "big picture" does matter. If it didn't we wouldn't subscribe to the BG in the first place.

    But editing, grammar, proper structure, and context also matter.

    5)If you are stretched for resources - talk to your management about getting help. If you don't, you have no one to blame but yourselves. If you do and still get no help... you have a management problem. And that is likely a much bigger issue than proofreading.

    SMALL TOWN FAN - we aren't "perfect", but we are pretty good.

    And we don't even get paid... you're welcome.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Jul 8, 2019, at 3:05 PM
    Response by Brand Selvia, Reporter, Greencastle Banner Graphic:
    dreadpirateroberts: That you took the time to write this drawn-out emotionalism shows you did not grasp the real point of the post. Thanks for reading, anyway.
  • What's the purpose of the two New York Times photos?

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Fri, Jul 12, 2019, at 10:43 AM
    Response by Brand Selvia, Reporter, Greencastle Banner Graphic:
    Ben Dover: It is an example of when The New York Times unwittingly messed up the edition number back in 1898. A pretty serious typo that took a long time before it was fixed, but still did not affect the quality of the journalism or the paper itself.

    The picture did not turn out as clear as I hoped it would.

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    Pointing out incorrect word usage is emotionalism?

    Defending from a personal attack is emotionalism?

    There was little emotion in my reply. It was simply a refutation of your post, including where you call your readers names for pointing out poor editing.

    I understood the point of your blog: that you are human and make mistakes; and that this is your excuse for poor editing. Oh, and we are short-handed. Oh, and...

    Yes, it does happen in other places and to everyone. But to give evidence you go to a paper from 1898 that has the edition number messed up? That's an odd (and very obscure) piece of evidence. It would've been much better, clearer, and possibly more contextually accurate to use the "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline photo that is iconic of a newspaper making mistakes.

    But you are the "newspaper guy".

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Jul 15, 2019, at 9:58 AM
    Response by Brand Selvia, Reporter, Greencastle Banner Graphic:
    "Dewey Defeats Truman" came about because the Chicago Tribune had to begin printing the paper before the count was up on the East Coast. It had a deadline to meet, and went with poll indicators and available numbers that had Dewey winning the 1948 election.

    It didn't print this way because of typo mistakes, which the cover photo, and this post in general, makes reference to. Nice try with false equivalence.

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