Archive for June 2012

Get a Grip on Grammar

You Mean Newspapers Contain Grammatical Errors?

 In the early 1980s, when I was a reporter for the former Times-Advocate newspaper, now known as the North County Times, our managing editor Will Corbin, a veteran journalist, had a “whaling wall” (unrelated to Wyland’s ocean-related murals) in our newsroom. On that wall, he pasted hard-copy (no electronic entries in those days) articles with errors. In doing so, he embarrassed reporters for mistakes they made either in fact-checking or grammar – sometimes both.

This experience was humbling for many novice and seasoned reporters.  Fortunately, or fortuitously, my consumer-related articles were error free and never made it to Will’s whaling wall.  Now, in this age of tweeting and texting, grammar has gotten incredibly sloppy – even in first-class newspapers, such as the San Diego Union Tribune, now called the U-T. I was a subscriber for decades. Although, I no longer am, I obtain TV listings information online.

In April, I noticed a glaring error when I was looking up program information for NBC-TV’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

 

Can you find the error in this description of the program segments below? The first person who does will get a Starbucks gift card. Contact me with the right answer here.

Allegations that Remington has ignored a potential defect in some of it’s guns; New York’s Iron Workers Local 40; a man books bands to play in his living room. (4.11.12)