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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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11

The Correct Corrections

 

What You’ll Learn_________________________

There are few things more embarrassing to a broadcaster on the air than coming to a typo on a script, and finding his tongue toed up in knights. Oops, sorry, I mean, tied up in knots. (Lucky that I caught that!)

You wouldn’t expect it to happen if someone has carefully proofread the script, as you were taught to do in the last chapter. But it does, for several reasons. Sometimes it’s because, well, someone (you) hasn’t proofread well enough. And sometimes it’s because someone (you again) has carelessly corrected it in ways only a Martian could understand.

It’s easy enough to make these mistakes. But it’s not acceptable. Here’s the good news though: it’s easy to avoid them. ...

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