Monday, October 09, 2006

The two extremes of subbing

Loved the headline in the Currant Bun today about a new alternative to cremation which involves bodies being freeze-dried and shattered into powder. REST IN PIECES. It's great to know that the sub-editing community is still able to turn on the magic.

Bad subbing, on the other hand, can be an absolute disaster.

I was persuaded in the late 90s to write a couple of articles for a short-lived and ill-fated newspaper called Planet on Sunday. You won't remember it because it was short-lived and ill-fated. It had a kind of alternative, eco-warrior theme and the first couple of editions led with messages that Princess Diana had supposedly sent from beyond the grave.

Anyway, I wrote a feature in which I interviewed a number of politicians, including a Member of the European Parliament called Caroline Lucas. By the time the article had been subbed and appeared in the press, she was called Mr Mucus. As you can imagine, it wasn't one for the journalistic portfolio.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Loved this mornings front pager.

    "How do you solve a problem like Korea"

    Ropey : )