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 Post subject: Catch a typo, win a fish
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:21 pm 
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Great catch! You get the fish!

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We hate to make mistakes, although they certainly do happen sometimes.

Last week, for example, we accidentally had two versions of the same court briefs written in different ways — and they both got in the paper. That was my fault. I proofed the page they were on and totally missed the similarities.

Oof.

At least sometimes we give readers a chance to question whether we’re awake. But we really do try to catch these things. It’s just that we’re usually trying to process a large amount of information all at once in an environment that’s more like a police dispatch center than a library — all on a daily deadline.

That’s why we have the fish.

Everybody needs a motivational tool, and the fish is ours. Actually, it’s more of a reward — a wooden fish that goes to the person who makes a big catch.
[Charleston Daily Mail]

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