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Finding last second mistakes will cost you at this paper

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DeskMonkey1, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member


    I typically look at our paper in a web browser after the plates have been made and about once a week find something that either I or another editor didn't originally catch. Sometimes big, sometimes minor but if I knew it was costing an editor or reporter money, anything short of "Dewey defeats Truman" I would just zip my lip
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    AS one the FB commenters pointed out, now their journalists will keep silent and save the $15. Brilliant move.

    Seriously, how much brains or talent does it take to be a newspaper executive? Want to cut down on wasting plates? Just don't allow them unless absolutely necessary, like a headline typo or something like that.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I just looked it up: According to this, it's illegal to dock employees' pay for "cash shortages, loss of equipment, misconduct, the destruction of company property, and various other occurrences."


    Sounds like this idiot is about to break the law.
  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    If it's a minor mistake, then I say too damned bad, should have caught it earlier.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Great. You make a mistake, and you work for free as punishment. Glad to see you've joined the 18th Century.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I meant the mistake gets printed. No replating for typos in body type.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    OK, that clears it up. Shit, at the risk of a fine, I wouldn't even replate if a headline was mispelled, or if a curse word gets into print.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I hope Some Fucker reappears in a photo cutline there one day.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    No need to stick around and look at papers to make sure everything is OK. Once it's gone, it's gone. Only to appear on Romenesko the next day.
  10. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    I could see the copy desk turning it into sort of a drinking game. Editor A makes a typo in a headline. Editor B sees it. But rather than make the change, resulting in a $15 fine, Editor A has to buy Editor B beers instead.
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If they put in mug shots in crime stories, they should insert one of the editor by mistake. Then claim that they thought about changing it, but didn't want to be fined.

    Also, as Romensko pointed out, it's the same idiot that said that newspapers were failing if they marketed to single mothers.
  12. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    "...a plate change required to fix mistakes for which there’s no good explanation may cost the responsible employee, whether editor or reporter, a payroll deduction for the cost of the plate."

    I'm guessing he won't consider "because it's wrong" as a good explanation for going back and fixing mistakes.

    Either way, I think I'd pay money to hear this dickhead try to adjudicate one of these cases.
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