It wasn't a huge mistake, but it points out the major problems facing the Kansas City Star these days.In comments, a reader says he has heard from a KC Star employee about work slowdowns at the Star. The sheer volume of gaffes and goofs -- including Rhonda Lokeman's info still up on the website -- leads me to believe some of this is deliberate.
The front page of the newspaper's "Local" section (4/1) had a dramatic photo of workers putting the finishing touches on the crown atop the team's scoreboard at Kauffman Stadium. It was great art.
However, according to the cutline under the photo, it said workers were getting the stadium set for the team's April 10th home opener "when the Kansas City Royals take on the Chicago White Sox."
Oops. The home opener opponent will actually be the New York Yankees, not the White Sox.
Alert readers pointed out the mistake to the Star's Readers' Representative Derek Donovan, who promptly noted in his online column that a correction will be made on the bottom of Page A2 in tomorrow's paper.
This single glitch points out deeper issues at the newspaper these days.
First, with fewer editors these kinds of silly mistakes are likely to become the norm. Editors eliminate these kind of errors.
Secondly, the error was made in a cutline for an above-the-fold, three-column, 12-inch high photo on the front of a section. The correction will be buried on the bottom of A-2.
Lastly, the correction in the paper will be made fully 24-hours after it first appeared. On-line corrections can be made in seconds; print corrections show up a day (or more or never) later.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
No copy editors left at the Kansas City Star?
Looks like a few copy editors got pink-slipped in the latest round of layoffs at the Kansas City Star.