Asheville blogger Ashvegas makes waves locally for taking the local news station to task for bad reporting. And to be fair, he also gives them credit for good reporting, though the former outweighs the latter.
I don’t watch the local news. I get my news online, from my local paper.
And my local paper leaves a lot to be desired.
I’ve read trite columns rife with bad writing and grammar problems. My new newswriting professor has already politely advised the class not to look to the local paper to learn how to write the news. And I once sent an email to the paper’s former editor when the phrase “the common man” was used in a headline that didn’t refer only to men.
But the thing that drives me wild about the Citizen is the nonstop errors in spelling and grammar that infest the online edition.
I can handle the paper’s crappy writing better somehow, since I have no control over hiring and firing at the C-T. The bad writers are there, doing their thing, and there’s nothing I can do. Shitty spelling and grammar in a city paper, however, strikes me as a problem citizens can do something about by pointing it out and raising community awareness.
Man, I thought today, I wish someone would go after the online C-T the way Ashvegas goes after WLOS news. That’d be great. I wish someone would start raising community awareness that whoever copy edits the online paper needs to be beaten, or prayed for, or to have their lobotomy reversed, or something.
Tonight while eating a dinner that was cooked up far too late, I was casually looking over the paper. And I found this caption:
Tom Knaga cooks serloin steak at Mr. K’s Chuck Wagon at the NC Mountain State Fair. (9-12-07, John Fletcher)
Tom Knaga cooks what?
Hello, Citizen-Times. My name is Jennifer Saylor. But you can call me the Sirloin Kid.