Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A typical article

Yesterday I had to sub a short article that summed up the kind of editorial approach taken here. It was about the Beijing concert of fortysomething Taiwanese singer-songwriter Luo Dayou. Only it didn't mention that he was from Taiwan [which is part of China, of course]. And it was all plagiarised from a website article about a similar concert a couple of years ago. I re-wrote it enough to make it just about original, but didn't add anything in about him being from Taiwan. We don't have an editorial policy that forbids mentioning Taiwan, but I haven't been here long enough to know how much leeway we have in describing someone as Taiwanese. There is a style book that tells us how to refer to Taiwan, but it isn't much help in how to deal with whether to brace the subject at all.


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