Proofread What You Write and Post on the Internet

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There are over a million reasons posted in articles, comments or blogs concerning the relevance of proofreading on the Internet. It is a valuable reminder and it’s an easy process to accomplish. It only takes caring and time.

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Sometimes even after proofreading our own material, we can miss seeing an error that needs to be improved. It’s a good idea to perhaps consider having a friend or family member read your material because another pair of eyes can pick up on something that might have been overlooked.

More than once, I sometimes gasp after I see a word I inadvertently omitted, so I’m thankful I have those extra minutes to quickly edit a necessary correction! I make mistakes also and sometimes after waiting a day and going back to reread, I catch something I overlooked.

Proofreading is not limited to large articles; it could involve a three-line poem also. When you read a paper version of your local newspaper, think how many eyes have to go over that favored article you read and share with others. Sometimes two or three editors go over an article because it’s a reflection of the newspaper’s standards and quality value. If this same newspaper continues to print great newsworthy articles, their readership is affected in a positive light.

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If you’re producing material posted to the Internet,

by proofreading, the quality of your material will be enhanced.

Proofreading Advice

  1. Once you have read your material, step away from it for awhile, then come back and read it again before posting or submitted it.
  2. Reading an article out loud is always a good idea because sometimes an error, misplaced word or comma can be spotted using this method.
  3. Once you have your written piece, and especially if it’s not brief, print it out and read it because oftentimes mistakes can be picked up as you’re reading it off paper. Edit on paper and then make the corrections on the computer. You might be more prone to edit and fix when you see your material on paper.
  4. Don’t ever solely rely on spell-check because sometimes it can replace a word with a word you don’t want as you might inadvertently tell it “yes,” or it can overlook a word that might be spelled correctly, but may be used out of context, i.e., there, their or wear and where.

Why Proofread?

Let’s say you spent six hours writing fantastic content for an article. You didn’t rush and you previously performed all your research, so you’re ridiculously pleased with what you wrote. You have great images to accompany your piece too. Writers by profession or by passion, and writers who are meticulously perfectionists will note to themselves any error caught while reading. Whenever I see an error, I always feel I need to communicate same so the content will shine for the writer. If there is only one error, it can be let go especially if the content is amazing. If, however, there are errors in every single paragraph, sometimes a reader will not want to finish the piece and if the reader stops reading, odds are time won’t be spent on sending you any wow comments.

If you write for a blog or site, it’s very important to produce something well-written because not only does it reflect on your abilities, it also is a reflection of the blog or site to which you bring contributions. Everything you write, every e-mail you send, any material to which you send to someone or input somewhere should always be proofread. This adds to the quality of anything you produce in written language. And, you want to shine, right?

How Did the Invention of the Radio Affect the Profitability or Circulation of Newspapers?

When the radio was invented, how threatened were newspapers?  Overall, the real threat to newspapers and the radio was the television.  So, just how affected were newspapers with the inception of the radio?

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Tuning Into the Radio

After the invention of the radio, readers of newspapers starting turning the dial to hear the news instead of reading about it. In the early 1930s, FM radio was invented and listeners no longer had to hear static in the background. As more people tuned in, though, newspapers’ advertisers were losing money. Thousands to millions of people were obtaining radio receivers worldwide. The radio became a replacement of the method of communication to the world, but it was also a new and exciting practice. With the radio and the millions of listeners, though, broadcasters needed to be aware of their social responsibility.

We know the benefits of the radio and that advertising could be sold on the radio instead of newspapers, but how did newspapers respond to profits being affected? Just as the internet affects our immediacy of obtaining the news, so did the radio during its inception. And, if you had a radio, you could hear information before your newspaper was delivered. What made the radio appealing to advertisers was the fact that when radio stations were formed (CBS and NBC), time slots could be sold to advertisers, but what did the advertisers really know about their potential buying public?

Has anyone ever asked a grandparent whether they listened to the famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast was recalled? It was aired in 1938 on Halloween.

Also, with wartime broadcasting on the airwaves, families would gather to listen to Edward R. Murrow’s reporting in his journalistic fashion.

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Newspapers Survive the Invention of the Radio

Keep in mind that newspapers were a main source of information prior to the invention of the radio so competition became a viable factor to keep up with sales, especially how profits for advertisers were affected. This country’s history has been dependent on acquiring news and information from newspapers. The radio affected newspaper circulation. While the radio could provide a major headliner in a brief five minute’s worth of highlights, a listerner would still have had to rely on the newspaper to collect all the details.

Remember, too, that periodicals like “Time” magazine were also affecting the circulation of newspapers. With the crash of the stock market, a third of the population unemployed, a lot of the advertisers switched from newspapers to radio. Allegedly, there were 75,000 sales of radios in 1921 which rose to over 13 million in 1930. The radio, however, impacted several aspects of life in America and it wasn’t limited to news–it provided music and entertainment outside of advertisements.

Newspapers, for good reason, were concerned the radio was going to run them out of business. They forbid radio stations to just read the news from their pages until after papers were delivered. But, in time, stations like CBS Radio developed its own news department.

Newspaper giants like William Randolph Hearst even put some of his own money into keeping his papers alive. Just as the radio had to get more creative when the television was developed, so, too, did newspapers. Even with newspaper competitors, the weaker papers were going out of business and the elite papers were becoming more popular like “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post.”

Also, for those who didn’t read well anyway, the radio was more attractive because all people had to do was listen. Interestingly, once television arrived, both radio and newspapers were competing against the new form of media.

You Can’t Stop Technology, Inventions or Innovation

At best, the newpapers carried a fear they would be rendered some day as possibly obsolete with the demand for radio. What they had to do was get more creative. I’m not talking about the radio being another tool to deliver propoganda, but it was definitely another way to reach the public regardless of what a broadcaster was providing as a message to society as a whole. Families were still buying newspapers if they could afford them and people who would resist change would continue receiving a newspaper. Certainly, the newspapers didn’t want to lose any “power” to a source delivering both language and audio, which would provide persuasiveness to a greater effect.

The newer and faster of any communication tool will always be improved upon so that it is better and faster. Newspapers used to feel the radio was going to destroy effective journalism and democracy. That hasn’t happened as far as I know. There may be certain annoying broadcasters on public radio, but there’s a dial or button that can change that.

In time, just as the newspapers had the Associated Press, radio started its wire services. The battle between newspapers and radio in the early part of the 20th Century was much different than the effect of the internet on newspapers because they can publish on-line. The internet will basically become the newspaper choice of the public because it’s faster and accessible on demand. People will turn on their laptop or pads to the newspapers that will continue to be popular to anyone interested. The radio has become a source of entertainment to a large extent. You can watch the news 24/7 on your television now, but if you want to stay up and read the news, you have that option now with other tools since you can’t take your television to bed with you.