Sunday, September 15, 2013

Westchester | This N.Y. industry *really* steps in it

A reader of The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., says this hed bust appeared on Page A11 this morning over this story. It was caught at some point, but a lot of editions went out nonetheless, the reader says.

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18 comments:

  1. Here's another:

    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20130915/NEWS05/309150028/Gormet-burger-joint-Twisted-Root-coming-soon-Shreveport

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  2. Westchester/TJN is an utter mess.

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  3. Army Times referred to West Point as the "U.S. Army Military Academy". The correct name is United States Military Academy. Article in question.

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  4. Same as my former Wisconsin site. Mistakes/misspellings so bad that readers even bring it up to me.

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  5. mistakes like this have been happening since newspapers were printed - nothing new here....I remember one typesetter who put together a double truck ad for a mall - the key headline across the top was suppose to say "count on us" but the O got dropped. JC Penney dropped an R out of shirts years ago as well.......these people are human and mistakes can happen - this is just an industry where your mistakes are very visable -- what would be worse was the SF TV station that actually put on the screen and read racial slurs regarding the pilot names from the airplane crash in SF a couple of months ago.....

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    1. this is just an industry where your mistakes are very visable

      Indeed.

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  6. 365 days a year? Not acceptable....

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  7. Shirt is happening much more often now that most of the copy editors are gone.

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  8. Funny , sad, but so true 8:11; and should be expected with staff cuts of nearly 75% during the last 5 years.

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  9. I thought only USA TODAY does this?

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  10. That's some crazy shit.

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  11. Hard proof that all of Gannett's cuts have resulted in shitty products.

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  12. This shit has got to stop!

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  13. The Journal News has been shit for the past 4 years.

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    1. The last 24 years is more like it!

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  14. GCI - All the shit that's fit to print!

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  15. I remember a newspaper in Illinois in the 80s that said a “shitload of snow” in a caption about a winter storm. Another newspaper, also in the 80s, (a magical time) headlined picture from a gun show “implements of death.” Mistakes like this have been haunting newspapers forever. What makes them more common now is 1) all the copyeditors have been laid off (okay, I know not ALL copyeditors have been laid off, but many have been) so more mistakes never get caught and do make it into print and 2) social media makes sharing and laughing about them so much easier. It used to be just industry insiders saw our mistakes through places like the CJR’s “Lower Case.” Now everyone sees them on FB.

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  16. THE JOUNEY NEW PAPER IS BEING RUN LIKE AND MOM AND POPS STORE.

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