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 Q2 of 2012.
Items in strikethrough were removed from the story, highlighted items were added.
April 7 — Killed story for Saturday that was a preview of a speaker who had held his event at UA two days earlier.
April 8 — WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats will kick off a coordinated pressure campaign on Republicans this week ahead of a
tax day vote on legislation to enact the president’s “Buffett Rule,” which would ensure that the rich pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.
NOTE: Tax day 2012 was April 17. April 15 was a Sunday, and April 16 was Emancipation Day in D.C.
April 13 — An attorney for a man whose driver’s license was suspended last year after
his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that the law allowing such suspensions is unconstitutional.
[REDACTED] was arrested
for driving while intoxicated-drugs on Dec. 21, 2010. The arresting officer seized his driver’s license and gave him a notice of suspension.
NOTE: Libel in the lede because of word “for” (he’s later found not guilty).
April 15 — The online video features Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn,
former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Kevin Spacey and Clinton pals Mary Steenburgen and husband Ted Danson as they brainstorm new initiatives for the Clinton Foundation with a surprise came by former President Bill Clinton.
NOTE: Factual error caught on proof. At time of writing, Kristen Wiig was rumored to be leaving SNL, but nothing had been announced.
April 16 — These inmates are similar to jail
trustees , in that they are assigned to do various jobs for the county, which receives $15 a day from the Arkansas Department of Correction for each “309” inmate held.
April 17 — Republican Congressional candidates across the state consistently raised more than their Democratic counterparts, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Of the $4.17 million raised for the four House races since campaigning began, $3.74 was raised by Republicans, compared with $423,386 by Democrats.
Republican candidates have $2.2 million in the bank, compared with Democrats, who have $233,588 on hand.
As of Monday, four of the eight Democrats running did not have a quarterly report available on the FEC website. Reports for all six Republican candidates were available online.
NOTE: As last paragraph points out, half of the Democrats’ numbers are missing from FEC site. Introductory clause added to inform readers of the possible skew in numbers.
April 22 —
Cowart and Rankin’s fundraising efforts thus far have been dwarfed by the $890,102 raised by Cotton, according to the Federal Election Commission.
NOTE: Two separate efforts, so each gets ’s.
April 23 — Elliott said Allen touts Act 75 of 2009 that he sponsored to require health-insurance plans to provide coverage for
prostrate cancer screening for men 40 years old and older.
April 23 — An airport hotel would compete with four hotels in the vicinity of the airport. They include a
Day’s Inn, a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express, all on Bankhead Drive at the airport exit on I-440. A Comfort Inn on East Roosevelt Road sits almost opposite the property eyed for the airport hotel.
May 5 — Thompson took them back to the eastern Ohio farm where her husband released 50 animals — including black bears, mountain lions and Bengal tigers — before he committed suicide. Authorities killed 48 of the animals, fearing for the public’s safety. …
Of the animals that Terry Thompson released, three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a bear survived and were taken to the Columbus zoo. One spotted leopard had to be euthanized at the zoo in January. The macaques are small primates; the female weighs about 6 pounds, and the male weighs more than 10 pounds.
NOTE: Clarifies discrepancy between 50 released, 48 killed by authorities, six surviving originally and five returned to owner.
May 5 — The other men acquitted Friday are , Ahmad Abnulnasir Ahmad, Musse Ahmed Ali, Fatah Haji Hashi, Dahir Nor Ibrahim and Mohamed Ahmed Amalle.
NOTE: Story earlier on says six were acquitted. No previous mention of anyone acquitted.
May 8 — The city has already banned pedestrians from
the intersection near City Hall that crosses Broadway Street at the Broadway Bridge
NOTE: Better explains where intersection is, clarifies pedestrians forbidden only at one end and adds information on hours.
May 28 — Kahne heats up,
wins for Hendrick
NOTE: Deck directly next to this headline on 1C also used the “X wins for Y” construction. Change avoids repeat.
June 26 — Killed business story on Madoff settlement that ran the day before.
June 27 — In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Thomas East at [REDACTED] Bank.
, Acc# [REDACTED].
NOTE: Leaving bank account number in leaves account holder prone to identity fraud. Spiking also clears us of potential liability should fraud occur.
June 30 — The meetings arise from the city’s good fortune. Remember that voters in
November approved an increase in the city sales tax of 1 percent, part of which has been dedicated to capital improvements.