please leave your correction in the comments section. I check this site several times a day. And thank you.
It's pretty much a daily occurrence, often more than once.
I was reading an article about an upcoming Shakespeare performance. After explaining how the regular location won't be used due to construction, the online story offers up some garbled text and then ends without ever saying where the play will be staged.
It doesn't matter which media is involved. I see it regularly in everything from our college newspaper to the New York Times.
During the past decade every imaginable news outlet has slashed its copy desk, sacking copy and line editors wherever possible to cut costs. Like every business, if you cut too much, you eventually damage or even ruin your product.
This is not just some esoteric debate among the editorati (yeah, I know it's not a word) discussing the finer points of grammar that readers -- and most journalists -- don't care about.
This is about an ever-increasing amount of stories with huge holes, confusing copy and plain old mistakes.
As with my most recent frustration, a lot of it seems to fall into a pit during the transfer from the "hard" copy to the website.
I have been in journalism for more than 30 years. About half that time was spent as a copy editor and proof reader. Toward the latter part of the night, one of us would always read the printed draft worked up by another, make corrections and then -- and only then -- send the page and the copy off to be printed and posted. The web editor would then check one more time after the story was posted.
Given the glaring goofs I see regularly, I don't think that's happening anymore.
At the least, could somebody -- anybody -- please do a regular read of the stories posted on the web?
Sometimes I get so frustrated and actually email the corrections to the media outlet in question. I've yet to see even one fix made -- even when my corrections -- and sometime several similar ones from others -- are posted in the comments section.
Such basic oversight could probably be done for free if these operations would just set up a system in which loyal readers could catch and report the errors -- and living and breathing editors could make the changes promptly.
I suspect I'm not the only one who has stopped reading a variety of news sources because of sloppy -- or even non-existent -- editing.
If you don't care enough about something so basic, why should we believe anything you report?
We need quality journalism now more than ever, but shortsighted and stupid news executives are making that vital cornerstone of a healthy democracy less and less available.