Re: Automatic editing?

Subject: Re: Automatic editing?
From: beverly_robinson -at- datacard -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:35:54 -0500

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:

I just saw something similar, again on the website for a TV
news broadcast: "13-hundred."

"13-hundred" was probably intentional. News readers don't always have a
chance to review their copy before going on air with it. Writing 1300 could
be read as "13-hundred" or "1-thousand, 3-hundred". The writer wouldn't
want to take the chance that the number would be pronounced incorrectly, so
s/he wrote "13-hundred". Similarly, 2,500,000 would be written "two-and-a
half million" because words are easier to process on the fly.

It would be nice if, when porting scripts to the web, the station re-edited
the text for conformance to written word standards.

one-time broadcast journalist wanna-be

Note: The preceding is my opinion, not my employer's.

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