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Extra credit options

The last day to submit anything for extra credit for this class is Monday, Dec. 8. As previously noted, you can submit up to 30 points worth of extra credit.

Your extra credit options are:

  • Copy Edit the World: You are required to submit 30 points worth of Copy Edit the World (with your corrections) for this class. If you get on a roll, you can submit up to 15 more points worth of Copy Edit the World for extra credit.
  • Common Sayings: Look up the meaning and origins of up to three common sayings (or unusual phrases). Each one is worth five points for up to 15 points extra credit. One that we discussed in class was “a long row to hoe,” which turned out not to mean or be spelled the way most of you expected. For a good example of this option, you might want to check out Colette’s recent “sayings” submission on her blog.
  • IMHO: Write a second In My Humble Opinion. (See the assignments page for specifics of this option.)
  • Letter to the Editor: Write a letter to the editor to the Spartan Daily or a local newspaper (or to the CSU Board of Trustees or your state legislator). Your letter should be 125-250 words; it’s worth up to 15 points). If you’re looking for topic inspiration, check out these two articles:

 

Editing practice

Your first 10 points worth of Copy Edit the World is due Wednesday, so it’s time to get in some practice. Check out the images posted below to see if you can spot the errors.

If you find an error, click on the “comments” link at left and write a comment identifying and correcting the error. Each error is worth 2 points extra credit, and the first person to get it right gets the points.

The two print items have one sneaky error each; the ad contains several errors. (One error per person, please. Give someone else a chance to earn some extra credit too.)

typo exampletypo example 2  errors in ad
Good work so far, but there are still a couple errors left to find. Good luck!

Convo typos

Imagine my dismay to see so many AP style and other errors in the JMC spring 2014 convocation packet. Oh dear. Apparently they didn’t pay attention to these kinds of things in JOUR 61, MCOM 100W, or PR 190.

But you can benefit from their carelessness by identifying and correcting their errors. I’ll add 2 extra credit points to your grade if you add a comment to this blog post that identifies and corrects one of their errors.

One correction per person, please, so several of you can share the “wealth.”

JMC convocation Good job! Thanks to all who suggested corrections.

 

Ironic errors

One of my favorite Copy Edit the World entries to date is from Karen Roman (s. 2). She found an ironic error in an Associated Students job application.

Spamalot promo I also got a kick out of this “spammy” entry from Geremy Magbanua (s. 2). Perhaps the menu writer had just seen Spamalot.

I am also curious to find out how someone might “mince beer,” as suggested by this menu item, spotted by Jeffrey Fong (s. 2).

 

Oops

Speaking of the upcoming Copy Edit the World assignment … here’s an example of the kind of trouble you can get into if you don’t proofread carefully. And here’s another example.

I sure wouldn’t want to be the person who let these errors slip by. Goodbye job, hello unemployment!

Spot that error!

Here’s one more item with an error. If you spot it, click the “comments” link at the bottom of this blog post and write a comment identifying and correcting the error.

This is first come, first served. If you get it right, it’s worth 2 points 4 points extra credit. (If you identified one of the errors shown in the previous blog post, please do not answer this one. Give someone else a chance.)

Proofing challenge – extra credit

It’s a new semester, so it must be time for a new proofreading challenge.

Here’s how it works: I post a couple of photos containing typos, grammatical errors and/or AP style errors. You try to find the errors. If you find an error, click the “comments” link at the bottom of this blog post. Then write a comment identifying and correcting an error.

These two examples have a total of three errors. One error per person, please. First come, first served. If you get it right, it’s worth 2 points extra credit.

By the way, this is great practice for the upcoming “Copy Edit the World” exercise.

Can you find the error in this poster?

Can you find the error in this poster?

Hmm, something's amiss here too.

Hmm, something's wrong here too.

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