Press Release Checklist Item #11


This short item is from the Press Release Checklist,
a list of common problems with PR writing assignments.


Baskerville Old Face #11

Spelling and grammar problems. -- Poor spelling and grammar problems will automatically lower your grade by one point. That means that no matter how well you write, you can't make an "A" in this course if your final portfolio includes work with misspellings. Why? Because you couldn't send press releases with misspellings and grammar problems to editors and expect to be taken seriously. In the classroom -- when students do their finals without the benefit of word processor spell-checks or the opportunity to have someone else proofread their work for errors, I don't enforce this rule... after all, why should you be punished for the shortcomings of your elementary education? But for every assignment I expect that you will take every opportunity -- including the help of a friend as well as spell-checking software and even grammar-checking software -- to make certain that there are no errors.