A rushed report

The Premier even thanked the media, saying he respected the role journalists play. Said state rounds ere among [the] most professional in country. (emphasis added)

But even the most professional reporters can include a typo and miss a word when breaking a big story, the surprise resignation of Victorian Premier Steve Bracks. From The Age online, 10.54am.

7 thoughts on “A rushed report

  1. Andrew, all readers of the on-line news would see the multitudes of misspellings that may or may not be later corrected. (It used to annoy me.)

    To my mind, the misspellings that commonly abound on the on-line news show that if the meaning is clear, correct spelling isn’t needed.


  2. In this case, you could argue that getting the news out quickly justified a lack of proofreading. And I only highlighted the errors of reporters in this case because of the ironic aspect in their reporting praise of their professionalism.

    However, I don’t really agree that correct spelling isn’t needed. Yes, we can in this case work out what they are saying, but the thing about good writing is that it is easy to read – the reader is not distracted by mistakes and doesn’t have to work hard to work out meaning. Newspapers should create an easy reading experience.


  3. I agree that the errors in your quote are egregious. I don’t understand how people whose work involves written communication cannot take the five seconds it would take to fix up glaring and obvious errors. That’s the only thing that really gets to me.


  4. If the people making these errors are over 50, they, like I , can blame computers! The old eyes just don’t cope with tiny letters read through multi-focal glasses, so we just type on and never look back. We’ve heard of some spell-check function, but it’s all too complex … another icon, another box ….


  5. Sacha, perhaps you haven’t worked in the public sector: first thing to do if there’s a problem is to find someone or something to blame. If it needs to go any further than blaming you’ll have to put it on the agenda for the next meeting, and if there has to be an outcome then it will have to be put into a plan, and if there has to be a plan you’ll need a consultant, and if …….. really it’s easier just to learn to live with the problem.


  6. I’ve never worked in the public sector, although the organisation I currently work for wins a lot of its contracts from governments and most of my work has been connected to contracts for which a government business (domestic or international) is the client.


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