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Website's will be the death of journalism

#1 Post by Adam Wright » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:08 pm

The web has really ruined telling stories, I find that reputable websites like CNN and FOX routinely have mis-spellings and the like. Worse than that though is stuff like this example someone threw together talking about Ralph Lauren's car collection.
Not sure what's worse, than the 550 Spyder has an inline 4, or that said inline 4 is under the hood. 5 minutes of research would have caught 95% of the mistakes. Hard to read.
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#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:19 pm

Geezo-peezo. A simple Google search would have verified it.

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Re: Website's will be the death of journalism

#3 Post by Ron LaDow » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:14 pm

Adam,
Gotta ask, are you trolling us with the apostrophe?
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#4 Post by Adam Wright » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:18 pm

Ron LaDow wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:14 pm
Adam,
Gotta ask, are you trolling us with the apostrophe?
I'm no good at trolling...
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#5 Post by Martin Benade » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:37 am

On Cedar rd in Cleveland is Cedar’s Tires. I think they have been trolling us Clevelanders.

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#6 Post by Ron LaDow » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:49 am

Martin Benade wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:37 am
On Cedar rd in Cleveland is Cedar’s Tires. I think they have been trolling us Clevelanders.
Possessive, no?
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#7 Post by Graham Kerr » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:22 am

Quite dreadful. Why should anyone 'check out' something as significant as a multi million dollar car collection and why ever should it be 'insane'. A despicable choice of the English language for which the author should be remonstrated. To the point in question, the author having been suitably remonstrated should now be removed from his journalistic position for making such a blatant technical error.
Further in this connection, although, regretfully I do not have the complete information but I have heard that the powers that be have withdrawn publication of various US automotive journals to be replaced by online web editions. My personal thoughts are that you cannot replace the joy of holding and owning a magazine which reveals all the reportage and pictures of your chosen hobby. No website can duplicate the mild excitement when procuring the latest issue of your particular periodical.
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#8 Post by George Hussey » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:53 am

Too many are just throwing anything out there without good research. It is so easy to do that it dilutes good journalism to the point that many do not know what to believe but seize the moment and call is gospel.
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#9 Post by Dave Wildrick » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:31 pm

Adam Wright wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:18 pm
Ron LaDow wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:14 pm
Adam,
Gotta ask, are you trolling us with the apostrophe?
I'm no good at trolling...
Ron, I'm not sure he got it.
"Websites" not "Website's."
If we want to be really picky, no malice intended, there's no hyphen in "misspellings."
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Re: Website's will be the death of journalism

#10 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:50 pm

Ironically, pointing out the apostrophe is actually making my point. I didn’t proofread what I was writing because it was an Internet forum post, not a magazine or new site. But these days people writing for those have no journalistic rules in place to catch things like this. When I had the magazine we read every word and independently proofread everything, we caught a lot, even from seasoned writers. Same with content being factual, everything was run by someone who could verify or correct. In this article and many I see under actual bi-lines from actual news sources it’s obvious that none of these things is happening. So yes, quick and dirty website news will be the death of journalism.
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#11 Post by Wes Bender » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:49 pm

If that is indeed an inline engine, this thread belongs in the Open Forum. Wait, maybe it does anyway.
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#12 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:01 pm

Ron, Dave et alia, I have to ask as you may know the answer to one of my favorite questions:
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#13 Post by Dave Wildrick » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:30 pm

The term is only hyphenated when used as an adjective directly modifying a noun, as in "He is an anal-retentive person". If it's used as a predicate adjective, as in "I am anal retentive", it is not hyphenated.
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#14 Post by Dave Wildrick » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:36 pm

All seriousness aside, for better advice on improving your writing, I recommend the following:

How to Write Good
We don't know where this came from, but some is derived from William Safire's Rules for Writers.

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1. Always avoid alliteration.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague—they're old hat.
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
8. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
9. Contractions aren't necessary.
10. Do not use a foreign word when there is an adequate English quid pro quo.
11. One should never generalize.
12. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
13. "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
14. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
15. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
16. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
17. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
18. Understatement is always best.
19. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
20. One-word sentences? Eliminate. Always!
21. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
22. The passive voice should not be used.
23. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
24. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
25. Who needs rhetorical questions?
26. Don't use commas, that, are not, necessary.
27. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
28. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
29. Subject and verb always has to agree.
30. Be more or less specific.
31. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
32. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.
33. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
34. Don't be redundant.
35. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
36. Don't never use no double negatives.
37. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
38. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
39. Eschew obfuscation.
40. No sentence fragments.
41. Don't indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.
42. A writer must not shift your point of view.
43. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
44. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
45. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
46. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
47. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
48. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
49. Always pick on the correct idiom.
50. The adverb always follows the verb.
51. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
52. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing. And always be sure to finish what
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Re: Website's will be the death of journalism

#15 Post by Doug McDonnell » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:36 pm

Thank You Dave,I think:>)
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