Two interesting pieces on the CyberJournalist site this morning. One reports that Dow Jones wants its reporters and editors to stop using spell checkers in an effort to cut down on errors. (Interestingly enough, there is a typo in the CyberJournalist report.)
Spell checkers can be useful, but there is a tendancy to trust them too much. It’s a particular problem when you’re using U.S. software to spell check Canadian English. The bottom line is that the dictionary, a good usage guide and the appropriate style guide should be your resources — not some software program.
The second item is about a Seattle murder trial being “covered” in a blog by two women who are not connected with any media. Another indication of how the media field is changing.