Trib needs to get names correct

Published 9:11 am Monday, March 16, 2009

The Albert Lea Tribune frequently misspells names and other information. The other day I was reading the obituary for Marleyne Barker. But I wasn’t certain whether her last name was Barker or Barket, because the paper had printed both, one version under the picture, and one in the obituary. I realize that there are thousands of words printed in the paper each day, and the chance that one word could be misspelled is high. The paper, however, should ensure that someone who has passed on has been correctly remembered.

I personally understand the feeling of having your name misrepresented in the public’s eye. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but after it happens a few times, it starts to become exasperating. Different family members have had our last name incorrectly spelled (Gua vs Gau) in your paper numerous times. I think your newspaper should strive to get all the names of the people they report on right.

Caleb Gaudian

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Albert Lea

Editor’s note: We indeed do strive to spell names correctly. However, if you wish to job-shadow us someday, you might see how often names are submitted to us incorrectly, rather than staff members just spelling them wrong. We try our best to catch all errors and especially names.