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Between the Lines

Everyone in our business knows that proofreading is

best pursued as a discretionary activity — performed by one

person,

working alone, undistracted, and preferably armed with a dictionary,

thesaurus, and encyclopedia.

Up at the Time-Life Building in New York the editors used to rely

on a cadre of proofreaders and fact checkers — known as

researchers

— who attacked each manuscript with an assortment of weapons

mentioned

above plus a set of different colored pencils. Each of the colors

was used to signify a different level of fact checking. Our aging

Time Inc. source cannot recall the exact code, but a blue mark, for

example, might signify that the word was spelled correctly and that

a dictionary confirmed it. A red check was the highest order of

confirmation

— and it was often based on the reporter’s personal observation

or knowledge.

But, alas, at a community newspaper such as U.S. 1, proofreading is

often an on-the-fly endeavor, relying on writers and editors to

proofread

their own work (never a good idea but often a necessary evil) or to

inspect pages even as others are installing photographs or other

graphics.

So we make mistakes. Two weeks ago, on the cover of our August 29

issue, we identified the CEO of InterCure as Paul Shiels. His is a

name that would challenge any proofreader — in the first it is

not Shields. Moreover it is also not Shiels, as we wrote on our cover.

It is Paul Sheils, and we apologize for the error.

Then on the cover last week, the September 5 issue, we featured three

stories dealing with information age security issues. Since one of

the pieces focussed on the problems of workers talking too freely

about sensitive company matters, our cover headline playfully advised

readers to "turn to page 14 (be discrete)." That, of course,

was another mistake on our part.

The errors was pointed out by several people, most graphically by

a writer from Rocky Hill who identified himself as the executive

director

of the Center for the Study of Centers: "By the way, has anyone

else pointed out to you the error on the front page of the Guarding

the Gates issue? Unless the articles inside are loaded with

digital-based

security `blankets,’ the spelling — not choice — of the word

is incorrect. The computer-era youngsters have not likely ever used

— let alone have in their vocabularies — the word

discreet.

Discrete is restricted to the single meaning by itself,

alone."

This writer actually turns out to be incorrect in assuming that a

"computer-era youngster" was responsible for the error. It

was someone considerably older than that, someone who should have

known better. We could reveal his name here but have decided not to.

As someone once said, discretion is the better part of valor.

When we left our office on Monday evening, we had plans to write

in this space about the power outage that kept us at U.S. 1 in the

dark for more than 25 hours last Wednesday, September 5, and nearly

postponed publication of our sister publication, the West

Windsor-Plainsboro

News.

But the events of September 11 in New York clearly make our little

problem a distant and trivial memory. Our thoughts are with the

families

and friends of all those involved.

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