jamie goode's wine blog: Victoria Moore's Guardian column goes technical

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Victoria Moore's Guardian column goes technical

Respect to Guardian wine columnist Victoria Moore for putting some hardcore technical material on screwcaps into her most recent piece here. She's done her research, and as a good journalist hasn't just trotted out the party line, but formed her own opinion.

Unfortunately, she's been let down by her subs. As well as putting the price for Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling in at 1.99 (didn't they think to check this rather low figure?), they've also changed the last sentence in the third from last paragraph and reversed the meaning - see whether you can spot this!

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9 Comments:

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When writers can deliver lucid, pristine copy, on time, then they will be in a position to have a pop at sub-editors.

Until then, keep schtum!

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely if writers could produce lucid, pristine copy, the sub-editors would be out of a job?

 
At 6:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, because editors get nervous - they don't trust writers to know the libel laws etc

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In any case, writers have always got stroppy with editors and sub-editors. Jamie's point is entirely valid IMO.

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's valid in that the subs appear to have made a mistake in this instance, yes.

But a fair amount of copy submitted to magazines by wine writers is a jumbled mess that needs substantial rewriting - and then the writer rings up throwing a hissy fit over one word that's been changed!

 
At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, right - let's have copy that's lucid, pristine and on time and not worry about whether it's accurate/truthful? Sounds about right...

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh?

Way to miss the point, Anon...

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger victoria said...

What I usually say is that I make plenty of mistakes of my own, am very grateful to the subs for all the ones from which they save me, and wish I didn't have to carry the can for the ones they occasionally add.

 
At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Anyone remember Giles Coren's tirade?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jul/23/mediamonkey

 

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