For the latest issue of Ageless Living, I had the honour to interview Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record and a passionate advocate in the fight to end the stigma around mental health issues, especially depression. You can read the full interview at AgelessLivingMagazine.ca.
This charming children’s book I copy edited is now available as a Kindle eBook. Find it on Amazon.
(HealthCastle.com) February is Potato Lover’s Month. What better time to focus on this sometimes under-appreciated vegetable? (Yes, vegetable.) Potatoes are surprisingly nutritious – they are a good source of both Vitamin C and potassium – and can be a very healthy addition to any meal. Did you know that there are officially seven types of potatoes? Let’s explore which types of potato work best for different dishes…
(HealthCastle.com) Back in the good old days of air travel, when most flights of more than a couple of hours included a meal, it was easy for vegetarians to find food in-flight. All you had to do was request a vegetarian meal when you booked your ticket, and not only were you assured a vegetarian meal on the plane – you actually got your meal delivered to your seat before they started wheeling the cart down the aisle to dish out the standard-issue fare…
Copy editing seems to be on the way out in newspapers across the country. The number of simple errors that make it into print is increasing in most papers, and some even offer the option to “report a typo” in their online stories.
Here’s the thing: Copy editing matters, and it’s about much more than typos. I normally find myself rolling my eyes at a few silly mistakes in the big papers (don’t get me started on the online only content posted by radio and TV stations), but today I actually had to give up reading a story in the Globe and Mail because the number of errors was so distracting that the content just wasn’t sinking in.
The worst part is that at least two errors were straight typos that even a spell check program would have caught. Surely the Globe can afford to run spell check, even if they can’t afford to keep copy editors on staff?
I thought it would be interesting to compare some of the mistakes in the printed paper with the story online to see how it’s evolved. Many (not all) of the errors have been fixed, and I have to wonder if they were changed because staff spotted them or because readers did. If it was staff who spotted the mistakes, why were they not given the chance to do so before the paper went to press?
Here are just four errors from the print story, and what had happened to them online as of 2:45 Pacific time on Sunday.
|“hopsital”||Spelling error||Yes: Changed to “hospital”|
|“65% of Canadians die in hospital every year”||Factual error: If 65% of Canadians died in hospital every year, we’d be in big trouble. The sentence as worded means that 65% of all the people in Canada die in hospital every year.||Yes: Changed to “65 per cent of Canadian deaths every year occur in hospitals.” Ah, that’s much better. Much less likely to lead to catastrophic depopulation.|
|“SAYS Ru Taggar Sunnybrook’s chief nursing executive”||Miscapitalization; missing comma||Yes: Changed to “says Ru Taggar, Sunnybrook’s chief nursing executive|
|“when he signs Danny Boy“||Typo (wrong word)||No: “Signs” has not yet been corrected to “sings”|
I may be pickier than most, but the Globe actually lost me as a reader on this story because I was so distracted by the number of simple errors. Some of these would have been caught by a simple spell check (“hopsital,” “SAYS”). But only a real, live person can catch an error like the incorrect use of a statistic.
Copy editing is much more than catching typos: It’s an important part of presenting a credible story.
(HealthCastle.com) Salmon is quite simply one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It’s great for light but substantial meals, especially if you’re trying to reduce your meat intake, and you can eat it in a wide variety of ways, from sushi to canned to grilled to baked. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week, particularly fatty fish like salmon. Let’s take a look at the nutrition data to find out why…
(HealthCastle.com) Valentine’s Day gifts have become pretty predictable. Flowers. Chocolates. Jewelry. An overpriced dinner in a restaurant packed with other couples vying for the best table. It can all take the romance right out of the day. Instead of a stereotypical (read: boring and expensive) Valentine’s Day, why not cook up a little romance at home? It may save your sanity (never mind your wallet) to spend the evening together whipping up tasty treats to share in your own kitchen…
(HealthCastle.com) Mmm… coffee. If you’re like most Americans, you like it. A lot. More than half of us drink at least one cup of coffee every single day.
It seems there’s often conflicting information in the news about whether or not coffee is actually good for you. So, let’s take a look at the nutrition data and see what we find…