“My advice to journalists at large is to not throw the copy editor overboard, which seems to be happening,” he says. “But if the copy editors have been let go, I think it’s important for journalists to have some kind of training in being their own copy editors and being able to step back from their text before they file—to read through and check things against notes and reputable sources. Just build in a little time to make sure the text is in good shape.”
And beware of calling someone a self-described grammar vigilante if they haven’t actually described themselves that way.
Correction of the Week
“IN A report yesterday, Body Found in Marina Glen, we incorrectly stated that police discovered the body of King William’s Town teacher Themba Malgas. In fact it was the body of Simphiwe Malgas. Themba is Simphiwe’s father and is alive. We regret the error.” – Daily Dispatch (South Africa)