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

    reviewing long newspaper documents

    suzanne piecuch Adventurer

      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

      https://www.loc.gov/resource/mal.0047300/?sp=1

      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!!

      Suzanne.

       

       

        • Re: reviewing long newspaper documents
          Beth Graham Adventurer

          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
              suzanne piecuch Adventurer

              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!

               

              Suzanne.