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The Ohio Story

I got a copy of the story the reporter did on me in Ohio. Talk about screwing something up. About a week ago, she sent me a rough draft to ask for some clarification on a few points. She must not have to submit things to a copy editor before printing because, for the love of Pete that story was messed up. I took her rough draft and very clearly in a different color type, clarified all the points she had misunderstood from the interview. The story I got back today, which was actually printed has so many errors, it's laughable. Not spelling errrors so much although there are a couple of those but things I explained in detail in writing were paraphrased and the wrong names and dates put in. It's a good thing I don't really know anyone in that county or I'd have a lot ot answer for from other family researchers. Oh well. I'm happy she sent me a copy of the story and maybe someone in Ohio will read it and realize there is a connection between us and want to share some more info. I guess it's not a total loss. It just makes me cringe when I read it.

Wander

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shades_ofgreen
Nov. 28th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that...
Sucks that the story done on you has so many errors. I'd still like to see it.
...Ok, now I crawl back under blankets...first more thera-flu...drugs make me happy, and dizzy...and loopy.

-J
wander
Nov. 28th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry to hear that...
I'm finally feeling human thanks to a week of antibiotics. Yeah the story, it's one of those cases where the reporter figures that no one who reads it is going to know the differnce anyway so they just let some things go. I'll make a PDF and post it so anyone can read it that wants to.

W
virga_flame
Nov. 28th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, but can't say I'm surprised. I used to work with news media types (university journalism profs and professionals), and I long ago came to the conclusion that there's an unwritten code of ethics: Journalists are not allowed to print or broadcast anything that's completely true. It's sort of like how map publishing companies always introduce a tiny mistake into each map in order to detect plagiarism.
wander
Nov. 28th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
I've been about everything you can be on a newspaper including managing editor. I know exactly how this happens. Reporters get lazy with checking facts and figure no one who reads it is going to know the difference anyway, so they let it go. I'm reading the printed story alongside the corrections I sent before the story got printed. It's obvious the reporter read my corrections because a few minor things were changed from the rough draft but ti's like she just changed a few things to appease me. The otehr errors that she left in make it sound like I'm bragging or showing off that my ancestors were among the founders of that county. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I emphasized over and over that they were among the pioneer founders of the county but the story has me saying they were the founders of the county. Grrrrr. Nope, I'm not surprised either.

W
redsgoddes
Nov. 28th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well run a copy up. Anyone who knows you will know the truth anyway.
moonvision
Nov. 28th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
She must have used to work for Fox... ;)
wander
Nov. 28th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Or is aspiring to.

W
chimerae
Nov. 29th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
In 4 years at The University of Kansas I learned lots of helpful skills. I learned such useful-in-the-real-world skills such as how to gold plate and photograph mouse sperm, how to be a good cog a political machine, how to fill out endless paperwork. . . there's LOTS more!

I only really learned TWO useful lessons:
NEVER argue with a drunk.
NEVER talk to a reporter.
wander
Nov. 29th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Having been a reporter, you'd think I'd have learned.

W
chimerae
Nov. 29th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
I TOO want to read the accurate version of the story.

Please post?
wander
Nov. 29th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'll post them both in a bit as PDF forms.

w
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