This week, two newspapers released headlines that should have been caught. The first apparently was intended as a placeholder (unless editors at the New Orleans Timescayune believe "barllskdjf" is a word). The second, on the front page of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, read, "On to Chicaco" instead of "Chicago."
- How serious are these errors for a newspaper? What do you think are the potential effects of such errors for journalists?
- How do you think these mistakes might have happened?
- What mistakes have you made in your own writing that have caused you embarrassment? In retrospect, how do you think your own mistakes could have been avoided?
- Look at the site Funny Typos. In small groups, talk about which errors are the worst. What criteria do you use to determine which are worst?
- Try a new proofreading technique for your own writing. Looking at the suggestions in Chapter 5, what could you incorporate into your writing process that you're not doing today?