2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 24, 2019 6:39 PM by suzanne piecuch

    reviewing long newspaper documents


      This is a tag-along comment on recent discussions about the possibility of inaccuracies getting published, and also an encouragement to stay alert when reading loooong printed materials.


      A couple of weeks ago, I was reviewing this transcription


      when I came across three instances of word substitution. I corrected them, but it left me wondering what's to stop a mis-transcription from getting through.


      The first instance struck me as being done in jest, and it surprised me so that i laughed! After the third instance I didn't know what to think!


      Here are the three instances I found:

      1st col, 3rd graf: "...too prolix for this bridged exposure..."

      was transcribed as "too prolix for this messed up exposure"


      2nd col, 2nd full graf: "Note: His mode of operation is too prolix for this expose"

      was transcribed as "....too full of words for this expose"


      2nd col, 4th full graf: "1.'There is yet an hiatus (opening) through which...'"

      was transcribed as "There is yet a gap..."



      Stay on your toes!!




        • Re: reviewing long newspaper documents

          Thanks for the reminder! I find it's helpful to take frequent breaks when working on these densely packed pages. For a break, leave the computer and walk around the house for a few minutes, or at the very least, stare off into the distance for a bit (so you work your eyes differently).

            • Re: reviewing long newspaper documents

              Hi Beth,


              Yes indeed!


              My other strategy is to break things up with a short transcription or two.


              I recently transcribed a verrrry long (4-col broadsheet with dense type and a 3-column run-on paragraph!) that I worked on over a 2-day stretch--- before I realized documents get released after 20 minutes of inactivity. However, lucky me, it ended up being mine in the end.


              The never-ending paragraph gave little visual respite, and no easy stop-points. I imagined a reviewer tsk-tsking at the shovelful of typos I'm sure I made!