Why copy-editing is important

Exhibit A: Entertainment Weekly‘s headline about the prizewinners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Exhibit B: the profile supposedly for The Fighter director David O. Russell from the L.A. TimesOscar nominees Cheat Sheet. What do they have in common? They’re both from the websites of major print publications, and they both reveal fairly shocking editorial laziness. Granted, I’m just some penny-ante blogger who edits a biweekly college paper, but even I know to double-check the spelling of words in a headline before making it visible to the public. I mean, seriously: the article was about Sundance. But I won’t belabor the point; it pretty much speaks for itself.

The other example is, I suppose, more acceptable, because I don’t know how they go about changing their Cheat Sheet from year to year. Somehow, somebody fucked up and accidentally left behind Tarantino’s information from last year. (Better yet, Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary‘s last name is misspelled in it, too!) However, it’s still pretty disappointing when days pass and, as of this writing, they still haven’t changed it. You’d think maybe they’d glance at their own website once in a while, to check for mistakes like this? EW thankfully changed theirs pretty quick, although as you can see, the URL still says “Sudance.” [Cue sad trombone.]

I’m sorry, David O. Russell, but according to the L.A. Times, you’re just another incarnation of Quentin Tarantino.


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3 responses to “Why copy-editing is important

  1. Wow that is pretty sad. I wish someone would hire me to copy-edit a website! They need me! Also I read this as I’m doing a final check on the 366 Weird Movies Yearbook, and you’ve inspired me to be super eagle-eyed!

    • I also wish someone would pay me for my copy-editing skills. Maybe someday. And yay, anything I can do to inspire people to be more diligent about their writing is for the best.

  2. Dan

    If I could I would pay someone to copy-edit my site. I’m rather bad when it comes to that sort of thing.

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