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    Martin

    Well put. There are a number of reasons for the shoddy journalism now so prevalent in South African newspapers: juniorisation of newsrooms, less reliance on the function of sub-editors; and a naive belief among editors that the time-consuming work on polishing content, such as double-checking facts, honing a headline, running a spell-check, rewriting a clumsily-worded sentence, is unnecessary and a waste of money. Your content is your product; let it deteriorate at your peril. Don’t underestimate the intelligence of your readers.

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    Paige Turner

    To say nothing of those friggin’ PREPOSITIONS that the majority of newspapers (among others) know and care absolutely nothing about … subeditors/copy-editors (whose JOB it is to correct grammar, spelling, tracking, facts el al) appear to be so poorly educated or informed these days that even headlines (presumably approved by the senior staff) make a mess of the language with totally incorrect and misleading prepositions.

    Back to original story: The grovel in the recent Sunday Times to explain its step-by-step checking, double-checking, etc etc was perhaps instructive to the general reading public (if they bothered to wade through the laborious chapter-and-verse of how it’s done). However, I doubt most readers bothered to read it.

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