Rantings of a sub-editor

May 29, 2010

Tsk, bad sub!

I am back at the Sunday Times for my second shift. And the good news is that I have been signed up for more shifts… It seems I am, as they say, “in”.

The bad news is that I did slightly disgrace myself last week (although apparently otherwise did well).

In a story about the BA strikes, I made a change to save a line.

The original said:

“to avert 15 days of strikes”

And I changed it to:

“to avert a 15-day strike”

Except, I was wrong. Because it didn’t mean 15 consecutive days – it meant 15 days in total, but split into separate periods. Luckily, there were no complaints, but… I hang my head (again).

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