Issue Two Corrections
By Becky Ryden
It is frustrating to make mistakes. While this statement is true of everyone, it is especially true for journalism. Stories get written, edited by me (the adviser) for content direction, edited by a copy editor for grammar and journalistic style, edited by the editorial editor, edited by the chief editor of content, then read by a proof reader (usually another teacher), and then edited by Mr. Shelton for the final proof. There are exactly 14 eyes that view any given story and usually more.
That said, I am sad to say we still have mistakes, as in the case of Issue 2. The first instance is a tech error. When Aston Landis interviewed Dr. Becky Doran for “All of the Above,” she used a voice recorder, as is standard procedure. However, she also used a translator application to cut down on the time transposing the verbal interview to a written interview. This provided some interesting errors in the story.
In the second paragraph, it states:
“After graduating from high school in Houston, Texas, she moved to San Antonio for college where she met her husband, Randy.”
If you know the Dorans, at all, you know Becky Doran’s husband’s name is Tres. The voice recorder translated “where she met her husband at Trinity” to “where she met her husband Randy.” We didn’t catch the error.
A similar thing happened with her daughter “Alexandra,” who was written in as “Alexandria.”
And last but not least, the same thing happened with head varsity soccer coach Marty Morris, being listed as “Mary Moris.”
The final comment is not exactly a mistake, but we did not reference Becky Doran as “Doctor Becky Doran” in our first reference, but merely “Becky Doran.” For this we especially apologize. Being a doctor is something that takes hours of study, years of hard work, and countless levels of training. It is credit to her that she wears so many hats, the students forget what she does for a living. Referring to Doctor Doran as Doran throughout the article is journalistic style, however the first reference should state the full title of the individual.
The second story with issues was “They’re on a Mission,” about the Cupit family and their interaction with Family Legacy. Mr. Cupit was given the story ahead of time and corrected some of the wording and misunderstandings between what was written and what was real. The story was corrected by me, but the final story did not make it to the magazine.
For your reference:
- Maddie and Jack Cupit both went to Zambia in 2012.
- Josie was not adopted from Africa, but rather the Cupit’s were inspired by their time in Africa to become a foster family through which Josie was ultimately adopted in the U.S.
- The previous school the Cupits attendent was Covenant Academy not Covenant Christian Academy.
- Maddie’s fifth grade teacher served on the board of Family Legacy and that is how the Cupit’s first learned of the ministry.
- Family Legacy does not offer foster and adoption services, they prefer that the children in their program grow up to have an impact on their home country of Zambia.
From Mr. Cupit:
“Regarding the trip, you spend a total of seven days in Zambia, but really only five of those are focused on working with the kids. One day is acclamation - i.e. recovery from the trip. The next is church and some interaction with kids staying at Family Legacy's Tree of Life Village (essentially its village of homes housing orphans with the greatest needs.) The next five days are what they call "Camp Life" in which each American "ambassador" is partnered with about 10 kids from the compounds in the city. It is in this time that the Americans teach Bible stories, share Christ, participate in worship, play with the kids, and interact one-on-one with each child in the 'blessing times.'
The Zambian kids are not brought into the Legacy Lodge. The ministry has a building (much like the MPB) they call the Legacy Center. During the days of Camp Life, the Americans hang out with the Zambian kids in and around the Legacy Center. This provides the opportunity to really get to know the kids.”
We apologize for the errors, especially in our representation of Family Legacy and their practices. Thank you for your support of the magazine and sticking with us, even when we make mistakes.