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When the editor messes up...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by daytonadan1983, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    and changes self-deprecating to self-defacating on a story with your byline on it ... he makes a sincere apology, but the readers call in and then Leno uses it on a Tonight Show skit and it becomes the butt of jokes for the entire company ...
    what are the reporter's options other than put on a brave face?
  2. Laugh your ass off and be happy you have a cool story to tell from now on. Also, remember the many times the editor (assuming he's not a complete toolshed) fixed your mistakes.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Don't shit on yourself over this.
  4. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    Good one TSP
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Upper-deck him. [/obvious]
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Remind him at review time he owes you one.
  7. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    and make him buy ya a beer or three
  8. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Yup. And if you're in the position to edit his copy and goof once, the SE might remember his blunder.
  9. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Remind him he owes you a five percent raise.

    Won't happen. But it's fun to ask.
  10. -Scoop-

    -Scoop- Member

    Agreed. Although dan's story is pretty funny. But I hate it when reporters grouse over one error and they don't realize how many times the editor has saved them. Everybody makes mistakes. Yes, even editors.
  11. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    Stinkpalm him.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's your fault for using them there big words in the first place, dan.

    If the editor owned up to it to everyone and not just you, not much more you can do.
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