Fascinating blog post from the New York Times‘ After Deadline blog regarding editorial corrections. To date — and we’re only in mid-November — the Times has printed 2,800 corrections, with nearly 20% of those involving the names of people or places.
Regardless of your profession or your level of attention to detail, there are some excellent tips offered by blogger Philip Corbett.
Read the full story here, or check out our cheat sheet below.
• Don’t just check how you (or the Times) spelled the name last time — history is a minefield of past errors.
• Be wary of names with common variants — Stephen and Steven, O’Neil and O’Neill and O’Neal.
• Don’t rely on memory.
See you in the editing room!