#2 on The Union readers’ wish list: “Get rid of the typos”

In an online survey, the second-most repeated response, on the one thing The Union should change, was “better proofreading” to rid the paper of typos, editor Brian Hamilton writes in summing up the results.

Gee, do you think?

Then he goes on to repeat a line from a “colleague” (AKA a quip from ex-publisher Jeff A.): “We also deliver (the errors) to your house each day by 6 a.m.”

Cute but not substantive. Hamilton concedes: “There is obviously room for improvement, and we will continue working to that end.”

Another criticism: “Finally among the nearly 900 suggestions shared what The Union should change, many were focused on the ‘diatribes’ published on our opinion pages.

Gee, do you think?

There was no mention of adopting a thoughtful policy such as the New York Times, as discussed here. Instead it will continue to be the same old “free for all.”

Others suggested the news on the website be free, but Hamilton defended the subscription-based model, even though Facebook has a giant and growing following in our community, not to mention free news sites such as YubaNet, KNCO, KVMR and the blogosphere.

So there you have it: Several of the issues that often come up here — typos, Op-Ed diatribes and a “paywall.”

Will anything change: It seems doubtful. Of course, I doubt the circulation will grow much, if at all, either. It will track our population — aging and declining.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “#2 on The Union readers’ wish list: “Get rid of the typos””

  1. Yes, track a population aging , declining, dying and being replaced by millenials who have a different world view. Someday the Union might catch on to the shift in demographics.

  2. “We also deliver (the errors) to your house each day by 6 a.m.”
    Not true 50% of the time at this house. But, they’ve already told us that since the paper gets printed in Sacramento,” it may be late” because it has to be trucked back up the hill. Where it originated. If the “news” is old can they still call it “news” ?

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