Amy Donaldson: Headlines you'll only see on April 1

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  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 1, 2013 10:37 p.m.


    I'm willing to cut the Deseret News some slack when it comes to editing and fact checking the stories posted by their writers. In the age of the Internet, news stories come and go so fast that it isn't easy keeping up with all the work that needs to be done.

    Fact checking every single article, for the small errors that often do occur, is simply beyond the Deseret News' ability. They, like all newspapers, have to rely on the skills of their writers to do their own fact checking. If an error is egregious, I'm sure the writer is going to hear about it from the Deseret News editors.

    As to errors in grammar and spelling, it's unfortunate, but automated grammar and spell checkers are not able to catch every single mistake.

    With all the downsizing that has befallen newspapers, the Deseret News simply doesn't have the same staff size it had 10 years ago; they, like most entities of their ilk, have had to learn to do more with less.

  • staypuffinpc Provo, UT
    April 1, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Fun little article. Here's another one:

    Newspaper editors start editing journalists' stories for grammatical and factual accuracy

    Recognizing that writing accurately is a reflection of the quality of their organization, newspaper editors decide to raise the bar in two important ways; first, they start editing not just for content, but for academically accurate use of English. Second, a new 0-tolerance program has been instituted in which journalists are fined for each factual, grammatical, syntactical, orthographic, or lexicological error.

    The response has been overwhelming. "I read through all the titles in the paper yesterday and they actually matched the stories they were paired with," said one excited reader. "The stats in the sports section were the same as other reports I read," said a sports enthusiast,"and what's more, the captions and the pictures were related. What's going on here?"

    The new program has been so successful that former English teachers are starting to admit to having taught specific journalists how to write. "My 9th-grade English teacher called me up and said he was actually proud of me," reported one sports writer. Common English mistakes have been all but eliminated, making stories more understandable than ever.

  • staypuffinpc Provo, UT
    April 1, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    So, it's ok to poke fun of others, but the DesNews is not willing to poke fun of itself? I posted a fun-spirited, clean comment that extended the story on here this morning to the DesNews. In no way did it break the rules of engagement or was any more mean-spirited than the article itself. Come now...

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    April 1, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    April fools headlines? Here are a couple:

    "BYU football expected to contend for a BCS bid based on exceptional team speed"

    "Utah Utes considered favorite to represent the PAC 12 in the 2014 Rose Bowl".

    "SEC confirms their overall commitment to education rather than success on the football field"

    "Salt Lake City a popular destination for NBA free agents"

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    April 1, 2013 12:43 p.m.