Scum, Scumb, Succumb?
Over the years I have wondered at the quality of newspaper editing in this country. I remember asking one of the senior editors at one of the English newspapers some years ago why no attention is paid to spelling and grammar and quality of writing and editing in our major English Dailies. His answer was that if people like me would not join the editorial teams of English newspapers in this country, how did I expect things to change?
I do not work for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Friday Times, The Independent, the Straits Times and some of the leading Indian papers like Hindustan Times and Tehelka. That doesn’t keep them from producing quality newspapers.
This conversation came back to mind when my team and I were travelling to Islamabad and we picked up a copy of Dawn. The cover of Young World stated “How not to scumb to peer pressure”. It was the cover for heaven’s sake – and the text as you can see was large – ANYONE would have spotted it right away – all of us did – so why didn’t the sub-editors or editor at Dawn or Young World?
When I was a child, my parents and my teachers always told me that the best way to improve my general knowledge and my language capabilities was to read the daily newspaper. I used to devour the paper every morning. Would any of us be able to give this kind of advice to kids in this country?
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