FROM THE EDITOR ELEANOR BLACK this week WE’RE LOVING
Sometimes as a journalist, if you’re lucky, you write something that really grabs your readers’ attention, shakes them up and forces them to respond. They want to tell you how your writing made them feel, what thinking it provoked.
In my experience, it’s an all-too-rare occurrence, and one to cherish. The most feedback I ever had was when I wrote about my father’s decline from dementia and his sudden death, nearly 15 years ago. Emails and letters poured in. I kept them all; that’s how special that kind of reaction is.
(Twitter doesn’t count for me, because it’s just so danged easy to fire off 140 characters.)
So I was astounded by the strength of feeling elicited by my last editor’s letter, a mild little piece on the proposed changes to Superannuation, which contained a silly grammatical error.
To answer your questions: yes, I am a real journalist; no, it’s not easy to get an editor’s job; no we don’t have proofreaders (fabulous creatures, they died out long ago); and yes, I do understand the principles of grammar.
All of which makes a mistake of this nature even more galling. We are a small and dedicated team at Your Weekend, and we take pride in our work. There were dozens of mistakes that did not make it into print last week because we caught them.
If it’s any consolation, it hurts us more than you when a blooper is printed. We take it personally, we nurse it like a baby, it ruins our day.
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