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So, has anyone noticed?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I don't mean the thinner papers, etc. I mean the obvious strain on the desk by so many layoffs, buyouts.

    Today, I was reading one of the papers I read regularly (not my former paper). I got to a story by a name I had never seen and it was awful. There's no way, simply NO WAY, it was edited. Poor grammar. Cliches. Just really bad.
    Not going to name the paper or the writer, that would serve no purpose. And I'm not really sure any of this has a purpose. But this is a paper I've always enjoyed and respected. It is the first time I have said "holy shit!"

    Anyone else see a decline in quality anywhere?
  2. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    what's the circ. of the paper?
  3. captzulu

    captzulu Member

    Absolutely. My old paper has shown a steady increase of blatant mistakes that would've been caught with even the most cursory of proofreading (typos in heds, missing words, etc.). I know from talking to people there that most nights it's a struggle just getting the section filled up and out by deadline.
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    It's a big 'un, not sure of the circ. Major metro.
    But you did not answer the question.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Everywhere, it seems to me.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    yes, i've noticed more in the smaller papers i read. the larger papers in the PNW still are pretty tight, though.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I have shared the piece with someone here to see if I am being too harsh about this particular story.
  8. Babs

    Babs Member

    I've noticed less coverage of sports not called football or baseball.
  9. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Contantly in my paper.
    My co-worker and I can only pick up on so many typos when we're taking photos, laying out our paper and covering games/writing stories.
  10. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Our circ is 20K and we're running four corrections tomorrow (none in sports!) because the Sunday night staff is so damn skeletal.
  11. I've seen it everywhere. Even Sports Illustrated.
  12. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Typo in word one of your post. :)
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