The good thing about publishing online is that you can easily make corrections to simple things like typos. The bad thing is you can also make stealth edits that alter the entire meaning of your piece and hope no one notices.

Pity the poor copy editor at one of the remaining print newspapers; once it’s in print, it’s in print forever. For example, readers of the Observer News Enterprise in North Carolina were treated this spring to a front-page story about a “heroine epidemic” plaguing Catawba County. We thought it might be a story about concerned mothers fighting drug trafficking, but no, it was just a misspelling.

Hold off on selling your home and moving to Catawba County; it might not be what you expected.


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