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Writing/Grammar Checkers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by robertobajo, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    I'm looking to introduce an enhanced grammar/spell checker into my best practices before publishing.

    I'd like to use one that I can access from a number of PCs and/or is web-based for that reason.

    I've seen WhiteSmoke and WriteRight but wanted to get some feedback prior to purchasing.

    Any help is appreciated!
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I wouldn't buy one. Nothing is better than your own eyes.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Hire a copy editor.
  4. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Exactly. It may not be a bad idea to take a NewsU revision course.
  5. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    Wanted to and was turned down....
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If you're working at a paper, quit and then they can hire someone who can write.
  7. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    Nice, really positive approach.

    I've been test driving WhiteSmoke and have been impressed.

  8. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I'm just being a realist. This a human-based business. If you can't write or can't check your work, you don't deserve to be in it. Computers can only do so much.
  9. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    Yeah, we should still use typewriters and typesetting machines, too. Let's forego computers, spell checkers, AP Stylebooks and all tools that might help a writer.

    Or I suspect that they also "can't write, or can't check their work."

    Get off your high horse. You don't know all.

  10. EagleMorph

    EagleMorph Member

    Spell checkers don't help writers, they hinder them. Because you can spell something correctly and still be wrong. It prevents people from actually proofreading their work, from actually reading how the story flows.

    Computers, AP Stylebooks, yes, they improved our business. Spell checkers and grammar tools have made us lazy. It's okay to use them, but they should be just the first step in the review process.
  11. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    I never minimized the importance of self-editing and--just as important--having someone else proof before submitting. This is just a tool to get from point A to B.

  12. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    Spell-checker is a crutch. Nothing reeks of laziness quite like a story with a "form" instead of a "from" written by a writer who thought their copy was clean because the spell checker said it was. Weak.
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