Monday, June 06, 2011

WOAI needs to hire my husband

Seriously. He's got a Communications degree and experience updating a news website.  Also?  He's enough of a spelling/grammar/AP-stylebook Nazi I can guarantee he'd never let crap like this hit the internet:

(This one might not be readily apparent, so I'll spell it out: random capitalization is a bad thing.)

These are only a few examples from recent days, but it happens all the freaking time.  And the mistakes are generally just careless, like the one directly above this.  Erik worked for the newspaper in Orange, TX for three years, and you can Google him and see his work, or hit his blog and see his work, and he comes cheap (as long as you pay more than Wal-Mart, you're golden) and can even editorialize for you.

Oh, and he took this picture, so he's got mad skillz there too.  Hell, he's the one who told me it had been done.  A nose for news!  You can't go wrong!

So, yeah.  Go over here and here and make believe they're a resume, and then e-mail him.  (For the record, that's his blog e-mail, so I'm not opening his personal address up to spam.)


Borepatch said...

It's those layers and layers of editors and fact checkers.

Albatross said...

Heh heh heh. "Study links ADAH to smoking."

I know that one is just a slip of the fingers, but you're right, WOAI (that's the radio station in your post, but the TV station is just as bad) seems to be full of such errors, so it's hard to forgive even the innocent typos. The other news outlets aren't much better. Heck, they can't even be bothered to make sure they've got their presidents straight before hitting the PUBLISH button.

Sabra said...

I did start out trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, but whoever posts these things makes these mistakes constantly, and on the station's website as well as Facebook (which makes me doubt that they're simply typos).

It's like the nighttime traffic guy, who can't pronounce Presa; he keeps saying PRAY-zah. That, apparently, is a result of the nighttime reports being handled out of Houston; he accidentally gave the wrong call letters once.

TBeck said...

I've seen the WSJ make the capitol/capital error. It's so common in modern writing that I've wondered if the spelling rules have changed since I was in school.