Editor – a person who corrects or changes text before it is printed or shown?

Not amused……it is my belief that a newspaper editor ammends or makes beneficial changes to your article before it goes to print.

I have just visited The Journal’s website to view an article I wrote for them last week about the SNP calling for the Saltire to be flown above the Union Jack at Edinburgh Castle.

At the bottom of the article it mentions that the castle is owned by the Ministry of Defence. To my knowledge this is incorrect and I clearly stated in my article that the castle is owned by the Scottish Government.

This editorial error can be corrected online but not in the printed edition which was published on Wednesday.

My name is attached to this article and I now have to consider the fact that people reading it will assume this has been my error. In addition to this, I cannot put a copy of the print article into my portfolio because of the inaccuracy.

Students journalists write not only for experience but also to build up a collection of articles that they are able to present to future employers to showcase their work.

This is not the end of the world by any means but it is disappointing when you have worked on a story and looked forward to seeing it in print.

I thought I’d let everyone know about this in the hope that you can all check any published articles you may do for any blunders.

I’ll let you know what happens with this.

Lisa Toner

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4 Responses

  1. That is so frustrating! I hope this doesn’t come back to you! Great blog though.

  2. Hey Kelly, thanks. I spoke to someone last night and apparently the error is not in the print edition but I asked twice if the online one could be corrected and strangely, they dodged the answer? I also asked about a follow-up article. What happens next, what will the outcome of the parliamentary motion be etc. and they said they won’t be doing a follow-up on this story which I’m quite surprised at. I took it for granted that they would want to report on the next stage too.
    I guess I’ll just have to look into that myself and post it on here.

    Lisa.

  3. That is annoying indeed, at least you know for sure that it wasn’t your fault. I’m sure nothing bad will come of it though.
    I sent an email to The Journal asking what I need to do to contribute. Still no reply!

    • Hey Sam, just keep trying them. They had a fantastic editorial team last year but things seem to have fallen apart a little just now. 😦 Pity because it’s a great little publication. Let me know how you get on.

      Lisa

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