Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A High-profile Publication Begins With a Good Edit

Yesterday, Brad Wilcox (director of the National Marriage Project) released a report about how the Great Recession has affected marriages in America. Today, it's already being disseminated in outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post online editions to the blog of Illinois Family Law and Deseret News of the LDS Church.

But before it saw any of these outlets, I saw it on my desk. I fixed mistakes, rearranged a few sentences, and double-checked the charts to make sure they made sense. Because no matter the brilliance of the author, everybody misses some details. And you never know when your publication (along with any errors that might have snuck in) will spread like wildfire.