One challenge for copy editors is spotting these kinds of errors in the middle of a story. Copy editors are thinking about several things as they read: What should the headline be, does this story make sense overall, does the organization work, will readers understand the background of a story well enough, should some parts be pulled out to become a factbox or a sidebar, are all the words the right ones, is everything accurate, are all the factual statements supported and are there any mistakes in grammar or usage? The list goes on, depending on what a copy editor’s duties are. You can see why errors slip by us sometimes. But, of course, this is our job and, in some cases, our life’s work and our calling, so we are duty-bound to do our best.
Click here or on the question mark icon to begin. I look forward to your comments.
This article was originally posted by the Raleigh News & Observer, a subsidiary of The McClatchy Co.; is posted here to provide continuity; and is copyright © 2011 The News & Observer Publishing Company, which reserves the right to remove this post.