Patrick LaForge, New York Times’ editor of news presentation, offers today’s best in Freshest Advices.
In a memo to the paper’s editors and reporters, he offers “proofreading tips culled from years of journalism tip sheets.”
- Break your mind-set: Read the copy out loud. Read it silently, one word at a time. Read it backward and focus on the spelling of words. Print a copy. Preview it in a different application. Change the format or the screen resolution. Justify or unjustify the type. Take a break and return to it with fresh eyes.
- Use spelling checkers but don’t trust them. In particular, be aware of homophone confusion: complement and compliment, accept and except, effect and affect, oversees and overseas.
- Memorize frequently misspelled and misused words. Here’s a list: http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html.
- Beware of contractions and apostrophes: their and they’re, its and it’s, your and you’re.
- After reading for content and spelling, proofread separately for punctuation.
- Beware of doubled words at the end and start of a line. A doubled “that” will often slip right by if you let it.
- Double-check proper names and claims of distinction (first, best, oldest, tallest, etc.).
- Double-check little words that are often interchanged: or, of; it, is.
- Check all the numbers, especially any reference to millions, billions or trillions. Do the math. Do the math again.
- Set aside a regular time to review stylebook and usage rules. This includes backfield editors and reporters. If you don’t want someone to change your story on style grounds (and perhaps introduce an error), learn the basics and follow them.
- Be aware of dates and days of the week, especially in advance copy or copy that has been held. Be aware of references to next month/last month around the time the month is changing.
- Make a personal checklist of the things you tend to miss. Use it on every story.
- Have someone else, preferably a copy editor, read behind you.
Last of all, think of our readers — and care what they think of us.
H/T: Regret The Error.
Add this. Even if you really write well, have someone else proofread and copyedit your work.
When the zombie epidemic broke, everything changed. Or so that’s what people said happened. For Nathan, things were pretty much the same. He still had to wake up at five in the morning to beat the morning rush, he still had to toil in front of a computer for twelve hours a day (with no overtime…
This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: The first of Rep. Peter King (R-NY)’s controversial hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, entitled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response,” is taking place today. One of the first to speak at the hearing was Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who is notable for being the first Muslim elected to Congress.
Ellison wasn’t shy about letting King know he was unhappy with his singling out of the Muslim community, tearing up as he told members of the House Homeland Security Committee about a Muslim first responder who died while saving lives on 9/11.
Map of Philippine provinces affected by Phivolcs tsunami alert.
The man has a valid point.
This is too touching not to reblog.
In the midst of war, our human nature to love, even the descendants of our enemies, still prevails in one way or another.
The Film Encyclopedia (5th Ed)
I have two old film books I’d like to give away. Both really good:
The Film Encyclopedia (5th Ed) is 1,500++ pages and has everything you need to know about film when you don’t have Wikipedia :) Big help in my first year of film school.
The Filmmaker’s Handbook is a primer on everything from writing, to shooting, to financing, and distribution. Helps you make your first movie.
1. Pick one (1) book;
2. Reblog this or RT @pepediokno with the title you want
I’ll wait until 12mn Sunday Feb. 13 and pick two people randomly :)
Btw, you can also recommend me :D
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