Do misspellings in journalism lead to distrust?Posted: February 1, 2012
In a digital era where people want their information in the quickest manner possible, there is agrowing concern about errors in grammar. Should it be acceptable to have street signs abbreviated? What about informal papers? Depending on whom you inquire, the acceptance is not so bad.
What about journalists though? Poynter’s Mallary Jean Tenore writes that reporters should acknowledge them, but not include them in stories unless they are direct quotes.
She suggests that journalists’ primary principle is accuracy. If getting facts correct is so vital, then spelling them out correctly should be as well. Misspelled words might appeal to one audience, but could defer another. Tenore provides research to support that inaccuracies cause the public to lose trust in the media. Trust after all, is what ensures credibility.
Mistakes are made. Words can unintentionally be misspelled, but actions to rectify those errors are necessary.