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So did you REALLY get married?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by apeman33, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    Our latest new policy (not that it would affect sports often ;)):

    We must now ask either the groom(-to-be), bride-(to-be), or one of the parents of, an engaged/married couple if they actually got engaged/married. Why? Because some woman brought in a fake engagement announcement to our sister paper a couple of months ago.

    This is the somewhat logical followup to our policy that all obituaries/death notices must come directly from a funeral home, which was created after someone submitted a fake obituary to a different sister paper in order to try and get out of paying some sort of debt.

    This led to the managing editor's end of a phone call today: "I have to ask you two questions, one of which is going to sound really dumb. It doesn't say when the wedding took place ... OK, then, and now I have to ask you if you're actually married ... Well, I said it would sound really dumb."
  2. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    If someone would go to the trouble to bring in a fake engagement announcement, what would stop them from just lying about it when you call to ask them?
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

    If this is really a problem, the paper should include a "county of license" line on the form and then check it in whatever timeframe each county uses to post the record. Those announcements aren't all that time-sensitive anyway.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    It was only a matter of time...

    One paper I worked at would get fake obits faxed in pretty regularly.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Which is why we only take obits - and, most importantly, obit corrections - from funeral homes.
  6. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    Actually, now that I think about it, the policy should probably be that you have to at least contact both the bride and the groom.

    The incident that caused the policy to be created resulted from the fact that the guy who was named in the fake engagement announcement came into the office looking for some skulls to crack. I can't remember what the woman's motivation for placing the fake announcement was, though.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    She wasn't good at saying no, so it was her way of telling him she didn't want to have sex.
  8. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Many years ago at another paper, there was a big to do over a birth announcement. Seems the couple wasn't married and the alleged paternal grandmother was insistent that her son was NOT the father of the child. I never heard the outcome of the situation, but it was just another example of why life in (extremely) small towns isn't always idyllic.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Well, we don't all plan to get married six or seven times.
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Hi. I would like to report an death. The name of the deceased is Tom Sawyer.

    My name? Ummmmm...... Tommy Sawyer.
  11. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Let the record show that when I got married in 1982, the "Times" called me at work to verify the details of our wedding annoucement.
  12. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I always feel like a creep for having to tell an elderly woman who brings in her husband's hand-written obit that we need it to be emailed or faxed ("Why don't you just send it over on a dinosaur?") from the funeral home. But people are pretty understanding when we explain the horror stories.
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