When you layoff all your editors, don't be shocked when you find typos
The media conglomerate that runs a bunch of Ohio-based papers and websites laid off editors. And now they are suffering for it because without editors, it turns out no one is editing their content.
The best part here is the suggestion that the spouses of the writers should work as unpaid copy-editors.
“It seems to take an army to help turn this tide,” wrote publisher Delinda Fogel.
Northeast Ohio Media Group content chief Chris Quinn is similarly frustrated by what he and readers see on Cleveland.com.
“We hear from people about typos every day,” Quinn writes in a staff memo. “It’s a genuine crisis, and it threatens our long-term success. So I’m taking the drastic action of instituting a zero-tolerance policy for typos.”
His advice to Cleveland.com journalists:
Ask a colleague to read your stuff before you post it. Or your spouse. Or your significant other. I can’t tell you how many times my wife has caught typos in my stuff. In a pinch on something really important, you might even send something to Andrea, who, it turns out, is the most eagle-eyed finder of typos I’ve ever met. She’s merciless. [He's referring to Andrea Hogben, president of Northeast Ohio Media Group.]
The key is that you or someone you trust has to actively read your copy to find the spelling mistakes.