Thursday, June 19, 2008

Writing Without Editors

“In place of the Morse code question, the radio operators written test will have more technical questions in place of the Morse Code. The written test has become more difficult.” – John Lawhorne

“She was born March 13, 1922 in Arlington, Va., [... she] was a 1914 graduate from Washington-Lee High school.” – Sugrue obituary

“Risk factors for community-acquired CA-MRSA include those of a young age as children’s immune systems are not fully developed or they do not yet have antibodies to common germs. CA-MRSA has crept into both amateur and professional sports teams as the bacteria spread easily through cuts, abrasions and skin-to-skin contact. Living in crowded or unsanitary conditions attribute to the risk factor as outbreaks of CA-MRSA have occurred in military training camps and in prisons.” – Jana Lynn Filip

“...a 1,400 square foot home uses zero electricity. The solar panels handle all electric costs.” – Lang Capasso

The 100-Book Challenge has nothing to do with reading 100 books.

The mis-named event encourages children to read and chart "100 steps" over the summer. The program defines a step as a 15-minute reading session.

Of course, it requires an editor who cares and who has the will and time to actually read the story and understand it before he/she sets out to write the promotional banner on the local front.


  1. Can you explain more clearly what the problem is with the 100 Book Challenge story? Were the Sun editors supposed to change the name of the event just because the school people did a crappy job naming it in the first place? Is it not actually called the 100 Book Challenge? What's the deal? "Are students up for 100 Book Challenge" is just using the name of the program. Maybe I missed something in reading this post, but I don't get what your complaint is ...

  2. A good editor could easily avoid using the misleading title over the front-page banner. Simply calling it a reading challenge would get the job done.