DEAR READER: Kate McIntyre wins November's Show Me the Errors contest

Friday, December 3, 2010 | 4:47 p.m. CST; updated 5:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — Entries in November's Show Me the Errors contest dropped off sharply from the October numbers, but, even so, there were about a dozen contributors.

Kate McIntyre, an MU graduate journalism major, won the November contest. She was a strong competitor in October but took second place to Jim Terry.

Terry, for the most part, dropped out of the contest in November; he said after picking up his prizes for the October win that he was going to give someone else a chance to win in the next month.

We've missed his input and comments, and we hope he returns with his eagle-eye focus. (Terry did submit four corrections in November, which, judging by his comments, were so egregious that he just couldn't let them pass without being corrected.)

The contest continues, so please join us in our editing efforts. The monthly prizes for those submitting the most corrections are a copy of "The Glamour of Grammar" by Roy Peter Clark and a Missourian coffee mug. The Show Me the Errors submission box is the first box at the bottom of every story at

In addition, Tom Warhover, executive editor of the Missourian and related publications, upped the ante for December readers. 

In his Nov. 26 Dear Reader column, Warhover promised readers that they wouldn't have to read nonsensical and "lazy seasonal cliches."

If you spot a "Grinch stole Christmas" or a "Christmas came early" or other strained ways of connecting news to a holiday and submit an error report, you’ll receive 15 points for each submission.

The extra points are for editorial copy only, not ads.

I could use a really tacky Christmas cliche about stinginess here to convey how much I don't want to give away those extra points. After all, our goal is to be error free and our hope is to not have any Show Me the Errors reports. But, realistically I know that's not going to happen just yet. With 48 error reports in November, we have a long way to go. We hope you'll join us in our efforts to produce an error free

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Rosellen Downey December 3, 2010 | 6:09 p.m.

I know Kate McIntyre in real life and can tell you she is a very skilled copy editor. I figured she was in the running and am happy to see that she won this month's prize.

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Yves Montclear December 3, 2010 | 7:59 p.m.

Ms. McIntyre and Mr. Terry are two be congratulated on they're copy editing skills.

They obviously also have a lot of free time. *grins*

Are there points for editing reader comments? One could really clean up editing those.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher December 3, 2010 | 8:35 p.m.

I like that you do this. It shows that you know you're human and make mistakes. If the peanut gallery ever takes off here like it did at the Trib, trust me, you'll get tons of corrections.

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