Local Paper Crowdsources the Editorial Process

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By Patrick Coffee Comment

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Mistakes, I’ve made a few…

If you want to get a little sad about the current state of local journalism, look no further than our friend Jim Romenesko, who posted this story earlier in the week.

It concerns the publisher of the Florida-based St. Augustine Record and her plan to turn the copy editing process into a “find the typo” contest for readers. Yes, you did just hear a groan emanating from newsrooms across the country.

The problem is that, while the paper’s content does “[go] through about four or five people” before reaching your mailbox or tablet, those pesky typos just can’t stop/won’t stop.

In the announcement, publisher Delinda Fogel admits that her paper has become—in the immortal words of Fark—a “typo farm” before inviting “interested parties” to come to the paper’s offices from 8 to 11 each night to scan all that copy for errors. Here’s the kicker: the properly bespectacled individual who uncovers the most mistakes will then receive a free dinner for two.

This isn’t such a stretch for us here at PRNewser, because we rely on our trusty readers to point out our own (abundant) typos. Of course we don’t publish a print edition, so there’s that…

Still, we’ve never heard of anything quite like this. Our main question: if we were to theoretically enter and win said contest, would we then receive a free dinner at the restaurant of our choice? As Fogel surely knows, the devil is in the details.

Seriously, though: copyeditors have so much love to give, yet they get none in return. Not cool.

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