My office gives out the CQ Award for Copy Editing Excellence quarterly to the copy editor whose recent catches best illustrate how we save the paper’s bacon. This is a sampling of the catches I submitted for Q1 of 2013.
Items in strikethrough were removed from the story, highlighted items were added.
Jan. 9 — The conference will examine the laws and regulations put into place by the bill’s extension and its
affect on crop insurance, according to a release.
NOTE: Wrong word.
Jan. 9 —
To reserve a spot or to obtain more information, contact Harrison Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-7640.
NOTE: House style on imperative tone
Jan. 9 — Caught factual errors in story confusing the term “immigrant” and “alien” in comparison to house stylebook and dictionary definitions. Story was held.
Jan. 9 —The Quorum Court’s Administration Committee voted 7-0 to recommend the ordinance “expressing the willingness of Pulaski County to share [the] cost” of the bridge to the full Quorum Court, which meets on Jan. 22. The Quorum Court’s County Services Committee voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal with two abstentions. It needed five votes in that committee, which has eight members.
NOTE: Clarifies that one failure doesn’t kill proposal
Jan. 9 — Under a proposed agreement of understanding between Pulaski County and the Highway Department, the county would pay the $20 million in three virtually equal payments over three years beginning with a payment of $6,666,666 after construction bids are received but before the contract is awarded. The two remaining
$666,666,667 payments would be submitted one and two years after the initial payment, according to the proposed agreement.
NOTE: Number error to the tune of $1.32 billion (you’re welcome, taxpayers)
Jan. 12 — Arkansas should toughen
it’s human-trafficking laws and provide more services for victims, a group of lawmakers said Friday.
NOTE: Wrong word; caught on slot
Jan. 13 — Lawmakers will spend much of their time dealing with a projected $298 million Medicaid shortfall.
NOTE: Number error – missing million; caught on proof
Jan. 14 — Last Easter, a pipe bomb was found outside a Mormon
church 11⁄2 miles from Harrison.
NOTE: Mormons use different terminology.
Jan. 16 — It would provide $235 million to rebuild the flood-damaged Veterans
Administration hospital in Lower Manhattan as well as other VA medical facilities in the region.
NOTE: Agency’s name changed in 1989.
Jan. 16 — The city is opposing Judge Wendell
Griffin’s order to pay $2,397 to the owner of the Heritage House Inn for delaying the motel’s reopening after the South University Avenue motel had been shut down by court order for eight months for repeated city code violations.
NOTE: Misspelled name
Jan. 28 — The state Senate passed a bill last week that would add Arkansas to a
42 -state compact that waves waives state-specific academic requirements for the children of active-duty military members who have met similar requirements in other states.
Arkansas is one of
eight states that has not joined the compact. The others are Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, New York , New Hampshire and Washington D.C.
NOTE: Washington, D.C. mistaken for a state, causing numerical errors.
Jan. 29 —
District closes 2nd time in week due to sickness
NOTE: Factual error in original headline. Closures were in two different districts. Caught on slot.
Jan. 29 — TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man on a first-degree murder complaint
for a stabbing death.
NOTE: For implies guilt, opens up possibility of libel. Caught on slot.
Jan. 29 —
Community centers to get new workout equipment
Working out at Little Rock’s Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center is about to get a little more high-tech as new equipment rolls into the fitness center and two of the city’s community centers.
NOTE: Hed and lede jump the gun, nothing approved yet. Caught on slot.
Jan. 29 — Davis offered no further suspect information Monday and said that investigators were interested in identifying the woman and speaking with her.
NOTE: Missing first reference. Caught on slot.
Feb. 2 — Two Springfield, Ill., women were arrested Thursday evening, one
for trafficking in persons and the other with promoting prostitution, according to Little Rock police.
A Little Rock man was arrested Thursday
for his involvement in a shootout shootout earlier this month at the Woodhaven Apartments in Little Rock.
NOTE: For implies guilt; wrong month.
Feb. 5 — Vytas Ratkevicius, a resident of Vilnius,
Latvia , lights a wood stove to heat his apartment on Jan. 23.
NOTE: Factual error, wrong country. Caught on slot.
Feb. 17 — By comparison, Courtway said, Pepsi’s contract, which expires May 30, has provided about $120,000 annually in auxiliary revenue. Of that sum, UCA has been giving
70 percent to athletics, 25 percent to the student center and 25 percent to housing.
NOTE: Percentages added up to 120%. Called reporter who found out the numbers were actually dollar amounts.
Feb. 23 — Smoke billows from a burning
car Friday morning as a North Little Rock firefighter lays down a stream of water. The car caught fire in a westbound lane of Interstate 40 near the JFK Boulevard exit.
NOTE: Judging from photo, the vehicle appeared too high off the ground to be a car.
March 1 — “Jambo” means “Welcome” in
NOTE: Factual error. “African” is not a language.