Being a journalist requires constant attention to detail and accuracy — it’s difficult in the best of circumstances and even more difficult when personal issues arise. That’s just happened recently to me — after a long illness in and out of hospitals, my father recently died — and I found myself — after the fact — making two mistakes on an article I wrote. The mistakes were corrected online but not in print, unfortunately.
Although editors were understanding, the situation once again reminded me on how vigilant we must be, as writers, editors and copy editors to be accurate. We’re all writing and editing faster and faster with fewer resources than ever since I started 20 years ago.
For all you young journalists out there, every day make a pledge to be fair and accurate. We need to buoy up our industry and keep the demand for highly qualified journalists out there.