Philly.com Needs Their Editors To, You Know, Edit Things

Kyle Scott —  December 2, 2013 — 20 Comments

Look, I make a lot of minor typos and grammar mistakes. It’s what happens when you don’t have an editor. Your eyes can only see so many things once you’ve read your own work two or three times. In fact, I’ll porbably screw something up in this post.

I run the site mostly on my own, and it would be a colossally big waste of time and money to have someone edit every single post (some of the longer stuff does get proofread). But you can’t make the same argument if you’re a major media company. And Philly.com is routinely filled with egregious, easy-to-spot errors, such as the ones in Sam Carchidi’s story about Peter Luukko resigning:

“He doesn’t know,” Snider said of Luukko’s plans. “He has a son in Vermont and wants to spend more time with him and his family. Basically, he wants to see what’s going on in world. He’s entrepreneurial and might want to start something of own.”

Added Snider: “We’ll suvive, but he’s done a hell of a job and will be hard to replace.”

As president of the Flyers, Luukko was a driving force behind the team participating in two Winter Classics and for having the 2014 NHL scheduled for Philadelphia. He was also a valuable sounding board for GM Paul Holmgren when personnel moves were made.

Dave Scott will serve as acting president of Comcast-Spectacor, but the Flyers, Snider said.

I’m on a bit of a crusade against Flyers beat writers (in case you haven’t noticed), but I can’t really blame Carchidi here. He got the story up quickly and, in doing so, made some minor errors. It happens. To his credit, he tweeted a supposedly corrected version of the story…

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… yet all but one of those mistakes remained. This is embarrassing for a major local news outlet. Carchidi is covering the Flyers on behalf of the Inquirer. How does someone not look over stories before they get posted online? Or, at the very least, correct obvious mistakes within an hour and a half (!) after the post goes live? Amateur hour over there.

UPDATE: Credit to Sam removed. He blamed it on “computer issues”:

H/T to (@mtm150)

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20 responses to Philly.com Needs Their Editors To, You Know, Edit Things

  1. They’re a major media company?

  2. Nah, Fuck Carchidi. Any K-12 catches these errors after reading it once.

    CB is doing a public service by calling out the schmucks on the Flyers beat.

    They’re the worst kind of person in the world of sports jounalism. The lazy, entitled, self-importance they exude is embarrassing and unprofessional.

    The ‘Core 4′ think their voice is their credibility. The hockey fans of this market fully realize how shallow and gossip/drama angled their writing is.

    The CB reports confirm what we all think about these writers, and I for one hope other hockey/media outlets take notice to the point where their employers take much needed action.

    There are much more informative and thoughtful writers out there who realize they’re ‘not the story’ when dealing with the team, while offering a honest, analytical and sincere voice to their stories.

    The ‘Core 4′ look for and approach conflict and adversity within the Flyers the same way daytime soap operas and reality tv do.

    For evidence, look no further than the years of Carter/Richards. For all their faults, those 2 did play hard for this city and their treatment by the local media in how they were portrayed was spiteful. The reporting had a tone of a insecure and vengeful highschool skirt. Cold hard math. Anyone with half a brain sees it.

    Fans and outlets like CB need to continue calling out these amateurs. Yes, they are no longer professionals in the current age of journalism and media.

    To the core 4, I say this, in the words of Bill Burr “GO FUCK YOURSELF”

    Sincerely,

    PhillyLaFleur and the hockey fans of Philadelphia.

  3. Anthony Gargano’s Fake Laugh December 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    They’re not typos. All are easily explained.

    “He’s entrepreneurial and might want to start something of own.” – Copy edited by a Native American.

    “We’ll suvive, but he’s done a hell of a job and will be hard to replace.” – Copy edited by Method Man

    “As president of the Flyers, Luukko was a driving force behind the team participating in two Winter Classics and for having the 2014 NHL scheduled for Philadelphia.” – well, Luuko WAS a driving force in having the NHL scheduled in Philly. What’s the problem?

    “Dave Scott will serve as acting president of Comcast-Spectacor, but the Flyers, Snider said.” – Snider’s getting old. Lay off.

    • As far as I know the Flyers are playing in 2014. So yes, the NHL is scheduled for Philadelphia in 2014. I don’t know why people are upset.

  4. Sam Carchidi is a self obsessed dandy.

  5. being as daily news is written at a 4th grade reading level, i highly doubt the reading audience took notice of the errors.

  6. Carmen Sandiego December 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Bet if you had a golf tournament you might raise enough money to afford an editor.

    PAUL WALKER STORY – PLEASEEEEE

  7. MIcrosoft Word would have caught most of those mistakes. Hell, Microsoft WORKS would have caught them, too.

  8. Who the fuck wrote that? Bryz?

    FACE

  9. Worley’s Hot Piece of Ass December 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Marcus Vick would make a great editor

  10. Norcross’ daughter does not believe in editors, or proffreaders, or any of that journalism-ismy stuff. Overhead!

  11. Catch a damned pass December 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Set me up with a podcast at the Abbey and I’ll edit yo shit.

  12. This would be funnier if I didn’t notice incessant grammatical mistakes in most of your own posts. If you need to defend yourself against your own accusations, it probably isn’t worth the post. $0.02

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