The way that some news stories are written, you would think that the journalist’s notebook had fallen into a blender. Thankfully, that only happens with on-line journalists, not with print journalists.
But if a print journalist publishes on-line, the distinction becomes blurry. As does the writing.
I read this opening sentence and said “Oh, no . . .”. There was sadness in my voice.
A former coach for a Milford youth baseball team March 12 was found guilty of stealing $12,500 of team money.
(from this story)
It is stuck somewhere between a stream of consciousness (I almost expected to see “March 12 – get tires rotated”) and a literal transcription from the notebook.
John Seney, you should have read this one out loud. Theresa Herron, a small amount of shame on you. As editor, you should have caught this.
Now go and err no more (or not too often).