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Editing blogs, A.M. Class

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  1. Chris Dorwart
    August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    http://grammarcops.wordpress.com/

    This blog just finds mistakes in the media today and points them out. It is really interesting because they notice things we wouldn’t and it complains about them and hopefully they could get noticed and help get things corrected. Reading this blog could get any of us to pay more attention when we are watching something. It could get us to point out mistakes and just be more aware. This blog also has a lot of links to other blog websites. So it is very useful in being aware of mistakes in the media. The blog actually has a facebook page and twitter. There are other pages for it. I think it is just a couple of people right now because the facebook page only has 5 fans. It says it was founded in 1986 though.

  2. Lucy Fitzpatrick
    September 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    The editing blog I think should be added to the class website is http://www.copyblogger.com. Copyblogger is a very interesting blog. Brian Clark started it in 2006. Brian’s bio says, “Brian seeks to empower online writers and content producers to command attention, create engagement, and influence people as powerful players in the new media revolution.” Although the blog’s tagline says, “copywriting tips for online marketing success,” the blog does much more than promote marketing strategies. Clever titles like, “Five Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Dumb,” and “Do You Make These 7 Mistakes When You Write?” drew my attention in to find out how to decipher between should have and should of. Not only are grammar tips found on this blog, but there are many articles aimed to help writers find some creative inspiration. I found helpful hints for my fiction writing class in articles like, “Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice,” and “How to Be Interesting.” I think this blog is helpful because of the wide audience it could potentially assist.

  3. Jeremy Hamann
    September 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    http://theslot.blogspot.com/

    While blogger, author and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh doesn’t keep to too tight of a schedule on updating his editing blog The Slot, it is a humorous and informative location on the web to find editing lessons and critiques on popular publications’ editing gaffes. Walsh often post screen shots from around the web in which his sharp, often wry, editing-eye catches mistakes we can all learn from. The variety of The Slot’s posts is pretty incredible and it is apparent that Walsh enjoys displaying how copy editing could have saved the day in many current and relevant instances, such as website names, album titles, headlines and pretty much anywhere else the English language is used. The variety of sources in which Walsh finds mistakes is only matched by the variety of lengths and purposes found in his blog posts archive. He has posts that are quick jabs at dumb mistakes and other posts are involved and well-written lessons on how to properly write. The Slot is a quick stop to get a laugh at some jpegs while also learning about how to be a better writer and editor.

  4. Mitch Mattern
    September 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/

    The authors of this blog, Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, were both editors at the New York Times through most of the 1980s and 90s. They are the co-authors of the book “You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.” O’Conner has also written many other books on grammar and writing. Their blog is updated daily with answers to readers’ questions about grammar. This blog is interesting because it not only tells you the correct usage of words and phrases, but it also discusses the origin or etymology to give readers a better understanding of why we use certain words the way we do. The website also includes a page of grammar myths and another page of writing tips. But the most interesting part of this website is a page of 20 questions to ask yourself before sending an email. These tips could save us from being sloppy and unprofessional when we send emails. I think this blog is a great place to look for tips with grammar, usage and overall writing skills, and it could be very useful to all of us.

  5. Justin Van Nostrand
    September 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

    Quick and dirty tips has all sorts of handy information available and they even gave Grammar Girl (who I follow on Twitter) her own spot to post her grammar-related tips. This blog updates about once a week and you have the option of reading the posts or listening to them on the webpage or even in podcast form. The blog covers all sorts of topics important to editing including punctuation, grammar, word choice and style. It’s really impressive how consistently the blog is able cover interesting topics without redundancy. There is a list of “5 Top Tips” that is cool to refer to and the blog has a nice following on Facebook and Twitter.

  6. Danielle Kaster
    September 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    http://theslot.blogspot.com/
    Bill Walsh is a copy editor for The Washington Post. After work and when he is not busy, Walsh spends time blogging. Originally the website was created as a pet peeve source, things he as a copy editor was annoyed with. Walsh has published books and list those on his website as well as his blog. The blog shows grammar and punctuation errors from well-known publications. It could be mean, but I think it is interesting and funny when large publications and professionals make mistakes. It’s nice knowing they make mistakes too! Walsh gives a description of what exactly a copy editor does and how they can help newspaper publications. One of the best things about the website, though, is his link titled “sharp points”. Walsh gives tips on common errors in writing.

  7. Bethany Hebert
    September 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    http://copyeditingcorner.blogspot.com/

    I just thought this was a helpful blog because is seems to get good advice such as proofreading 101. It also has some humor links in helping you learn the correct way to either use a word or semicolon, etc. Since I’m not that great with editing, I think it’ll be really helpful. Mike is an assistant city editor at a San Francisco newspaper, he’s the one who makes the blog.

  8. Meagan Jungman
    September 8, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I stumbled across an editing blog called “Conjugate Visits” on Blogspot.com (http://www.conjugatevisits.blogspot.com/), and it only took me several posts to fall in assignment-requirement-fulfilling-love with it.

    It’s probably to the author, June Casagrande’s voice. It’s loose, relaxed, humorous, and yet highly intelligent. As columnist for the Burbank Leader, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times Community Newspapers and the author of “Grammar Snobs Are Big Meanies” and “Mortal Syntax,” she’s had plenty of time to hone it.

    However, Casagrande doesn’t rest solely on the merits of her humor. Her knowledge is diverse, and encompasses a great deal of grammatical territory. Sometimes she focuses on the definition of and ways to correctly, yet uncharacteristically use a word. Then, other times she’s keeping her readers up to date on the newest corrections web-based grammar rules (which are incredibly important).

    “Conjugate Visits” isn’t exactly a lexicon of knowledge like the AP Style Book, but it’s offhandedly interesting, and the small facts one reads have a tendency to stick in the mind more effectively than an entry in the style book. It’s a site definitely worth bookmarking.

  9. Marissa Coopersmith
    September 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    http://www.regrettheerror.com/

    Regret the Error is a blog by freelance journalist Craig Silverman. I think my classmates would like it and it should be added to the list because the blog reports on media corrections, retractions, apologies, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the press. It was launched in October 2004 after Silverman found that research suggested between 40 and 60 percent of newspaper news stories have some type of error, be it factual or something of a more subjective nature. Research also found that only 2 percent of factual errors were corrected, causing a relatively high error rate with a very low correction rate. Silverman realized that errors were not being prevented, nor were they being corrected. Common errors included misspelled names and titles, typos, incorrect calculations or incorrect numbers, and misquotes and misidentifications. Silverman decided the best way to make a case for accuracy was to EXPOSE mistakes and the efforts to (or not to) correct them. On his site, and in his new book, “Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech,” Silverman presents a collection of media mistakes and the corrections they generate.
    “Aside from being an essential nuts and bolts aspect of how we do our job, accuracy is a key that can unlock innovative, investigative journalism. It can help us forge a stronger bond with the public and with our sources. When we dedicate ourselves to preventing and correcting errors at the highest possible level, we open up the door to doing great journalism. If I can help spread the message about what accuracy can do, and why it is more important today than ever before, then I’ve done something good,” said Silverman.“It was a combination of wanting to start a media blog and noticing that corrections in particular were a fascinating and un-mined part of journalism.”
    Silverman says he spends between one and three hours a day on the site. Originally, he started the site because he thought it would be a worthwhile addition to the media landscape, and a good way to raise his professional profile. But now he admits there’s a larger mission: “to help journalists see that accuracy is an enabler of great journalism.”
    The site has even won some awards including being a finalist for Best Blog at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, being listed as one of the Top 25 Blogs in Time.com’s First Annual Blog Index, being listed as one of the best media blogs in Forbes.com’s Best of The Web directory, and being named one of the Yahoo! Picks of the Year.

  10. Samantha Rendon
    September 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

    http://talkwordy.com/
    The editing blog I found that I think my classmates will enjoy reading just as much as I have is Talk Wordy to Me. I have to admit the reason I initially clicked on the site was because of the name. I wasn’t disappointed to find the blog entries just as witty as the name itself. Every headline is a humorous play on words and they each kept drawing me to read through them. Numerous posts are all about an unusual word and feature its definition and how it has been or could be used in writing. The blog also has a twitter page to keep readers engaged and updated on recent posts.
    I was surprised to find out that the author is a 27-year-old guy named Brian White. He currently works as a copy editor at The Courier- Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. He began blogging in July of 2008. Although young, Brian’s passion is obvious. He humbly explains, “I’m no expert on lexicography, and I’m too young to even be an expert on editing. This blog is simply my accounting of things I find interesting about the English language, especially words.”

  11. Rachel Albin
    September 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

    http://my.billingsgazette.com/CraigLancaster/blog

    Watch Yer Language is a good editing blog because it has a sense of humor. Some of the blogs I found were just too dry to read. This one is much more fun. It makes references to pop culture (is “tweet” a legitimate verb?) and pulls humorous copy editing choices from other sources. The latest post is about the headline, “Mexican wrestling midget brothers found dead after hooker romp.” A sidebar of common error categories links to writing advice from other publications.

    I think it’s a good idea to see the humor in what most people perceive as a boring job. Looking for these quirks might encourage more people to be interested in the news and in monitoring its quality. Reading this blog, one realizes how poor word choice or bad grammar can quickly kill a story’s sense of authority and deteriorate the public’s view of the press.

    Craig Lancaster, the copy chief for the Billings Gazette in Montana, writes the blog. Apart from his job as copy chief, Lancaster has written a novel and a book of essays.

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