Once upon a time, a fair while ago, I knew a proof reader at the disappeared Herald evening newspaper. He took his job very seriously and with some pride.
I worry about my sentence construction in my blog. I worry less about spelling. If I ever back read, I notice that I sometimes leave connecting words out entirely. I do minimal checking of what I write. Quantity over quality is my niche. When I attain the exulted position of being perfect with the English language, spelling, punctuation, sentence construction and grammar, I will start criticising others. It ain't gonna happen is it?
But I do expect people who make their living from words to get it right. And perhaps there is an odd occasion when they don't and the proof reader will correct it. Obviously I am ever so old fashioned with this view.
From The Age. 'The Department of Health and Ageing spokesperson said polive would asked to investigate whether criminal charges were warranted.'
Well, I am not the spelling police and I have been known to do get the c and v key wrong, but the whole article was individual sentences served as paragraphs. Can't paragraphs have more than one sentence? I am not sure that I am so good at paragraphs, but I try a bit.
Ok, writers for newspapers are probably under extreme pressure to produce. Online news website writers probably more so. But can't at least the newspapers afford proof readers?