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Man is it just me or does it really seem like the number of typos and grammatical mistakes, predominantly in online news outlets of all types, is on the rise? It seems nearly ever article I read has a bad miss. Proof reading and spell check FTMFW! ...come on people, especially the "professionals".

I mean seriously.

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Have you also found that they don't answer the topic?

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Editors aren't used much for on-line articles. Just look at Superbikeplanet.com. They don't edit anything they put up (unless Dean writes it and he must do his own editing). It has always been that way.

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there's no money to be made as a proofreader, but yeah, the news has gotten a lot sloppier.
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Nah, it's getting worse. I realize that the online stuff is subject to less scrutiny, but it's not like I'm new to reading this stuff. I think there are just more and more outlets, sources and focused "writers". The bottom line for me is, with or without editors, take some damn pride in your work! These are things that should be caught by the writer. I know that sometimes you just miss it, especially when you're the author...but just have a co-worker read through quickly or something as well.

I get a little embarrassed for them sometimes. In the last day alone, nearly every article I've read from Soup, CN, motorcycle-usa and others has had at least one glaring mistake.

Drives me nuts! ...and I'm not a writer for a living.

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I think a lot of the breaking news and news outlet blogs are updated via their mobile phones, which contributes a lot to initial errors which sometimes get corrected later (and sometimes not).

It annoys me as well. People assume that because it's the internet, you don't have to be perfect in your contributions. Although I agree to a point (a typo here and there is always to be expected), I think the message that it sends is awful. It's basically saying that if you are using a computer you can type whatever you like, or you can refine your argument as you go and not worry so much about crafting a well-written entry the first time. It's sloppy and lazy, and it irks me.

I've learned to let it go and not comment on it, but I have noticed this recent increase in journalistic errors as well and I agree with the OP.
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Anyone anywhere can call themselves a 'writer'. That doesn't mean they know their way properly around the English language.
I know it...but so many of these "writers" are employed by news agencies and so it should be the responsibility of both the writers themselves along with the folks that sign the checks to firm up something as simple and rudimentary to writing as GRAMMAR!

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I think a lot of the breaking news and news outlet blogs are updated via their mobile phones, which contributes a lot to initial errors which sometimes get corrected later (and sometimes not).

It annoys me as well. People assume that because it's the internet, you don't have to be perfect in your contributions. Although I agree to a point (a typo here and there is always to be expected), I think the message that it sends is awful. It's basically saying that if you are using a computer you can type whatever you like, or you can refine your argument as you go and not worry so much about crafting a well-written entry the first time. It's sloppy and lazy, and it irks me.

I've learned to let it go and not comment on it, but I have noticed this recent increase in journalistic errors as well and I agree with the OP.
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Proofreading is one word, just saying. I agree wholeheartedly, and I just had this discussion with my kid about her Facebook account and anything that goes online with her name attached to it. You are not just posting a stupid message, but also how you come across to people, including your image and intelligence. A simple mistake is one thing, but constant ignorance of the English language and grammar is unacceptable IMO.

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Proofreading is one word, just saying. I agree wholeheartedly, and I just had this discussion with my kid about her Facebook account and anything that goes online with her name attached to it. You are not just posting a stupid message, but also how you come across to people, including your image and intelligence. A simple mistake is one thing, but constant ignorance of the English language and grammar is unacceptable IMO.
Bammo. ...and I knew my comments would be picked apart for grammatical continuity. I never write proofread as one word (except there)...

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You are not just posting a stupid message, but also how you come across to people, including your image and intelligence.
Excellent point. I had to have this talk with my cousin, who is a LEO. He posts pretty often about when he's out drinking or celebrating and it took me a while to convince him to say off this sort of talk.
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"Ain't" was officially recognized not long ago as an actual word, so I'll let it slide............homey.

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Been reading my local paper havent ya?


The local newscasts and commercials up there are pure gold.

...the closest thing we have to it down here are the Woodman's commercials.

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Man is it just me or does it really seem like the number of typos and grammatical mistakes, predominantly in online news outlets of all types, is on the rise? It seems nearly ever article I read has a bad miss. Proof reading and spell check FTMFW! ...come on people, especially the "professionals".

I mean seriously.
i know! wtf. it makes are grammar here on clsb look like harvard grads!!!!!

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i know! wtf. it makes are grammar here on clsb look like harvard grads!!!!!
No. It is still not that bad.
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proofreading is one word, just saying. I agree wholeheartedly, and i just had this discussion with my kid about her facebook account and anything that goes online with her name attached to it. You are not just posting a stupid message, but also how you come across to people, including your image and intelligence. A simple mistake is one thing, but constant ignorance of the english language and grammar is unacceptable imo.
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i know! wtf. it makes are grammar here on clsb look like harvard grads!!!!!
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No. It is still not that bad.
damn! and i just caught my own typo

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No no, I caught it.

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