RE: Automatic editing?

Subject: RE: Automatic editing?
From: "Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>
To: <beverly_robinson -at- datacard -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:15:25 -0700

> 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".

Wouldn't 1300 and 1,300 be pronounced "thirteen hundred" and "one thousand,
three hundred"?

> Similarly, 2,500,000 would be
> written "two-and-a
> half million" because words are easier to process on the fly.

2.5 million and 2 1/2 million would avoid the pronunciation of "two million,
five hundred thousand." I don't think that the *exact* pronunciation of AP
copy is really required because news stations will re-work the content for
on air reading in teleprompter anyway.

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

I think that there might be an issue with changing the content too much and
making it inaccurate. Perhaps stations prefer to let the liability for
inaccuracies fall on the AP.

> Beverly
> one-time broadcast journalist wanna-be



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