You should use more caution in your own writing when you target others with accusations about their writing skills. Let us look at some of the supposed but unverified facts you provided your audience. First of all you claim to be an English Major. Moreover, you list your job title as the "managing editor of The Chronicle." With these heftily stated credentials you somehow feel empowered enough to make fallaciously supported claims and pass them off as verified truths. Where are your references? You either claim to have done past research or you provide numbers that your audience is just suppose to believe are true. As an English Major you should know better. Might your very job and published newspaper writings be part of the problem leading people to develop poor writing skills?
In this case you are the managing editor over a newspaper company and you are writing an article complaining about other people's writing skills. Leading off these titles given to yourself, you do not provide references to your supporting arguments, and you even make a very basic writing flaw similar to the ones you are complaining about. This occurs when you state, "Low standards in writing could be eventually be a career back breaker." If you erase the first "be" that would make your sentence proper. The reason that I point this particular flaw out is because it shows you are not doing your job. This is a common mistake that will not be caught by a spellchecking program. However, this will usually be caught by a paper editor that reads over the work to search for errors, especially when that is what they are paid and trained to do. Thus, there exists a probable possibility that you are letting spellcheck do your editing job for you. On top of that you are failing to teach your audience proper referencing techniques. Maybe next time you shouldn't set the bar so high when targeting other's writing, because that target encompasses you as well.
Posted 21 December 2013, 7:21 p.m.
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