I'm wondering if most reporters are expecting what I'm expecting from a scopist. I'd be curious to hear both reporters' and scopists' opinions, of course.
Do you expect your scopist to:
Look up on the Internet spellings of any proper noun, i.e., company names, cities, doctors, products?
Fix wrong punctuation at the end of a sentence? Example:
"You were there what dates."
Follow your preferences as best they can? Examples:
Put "BY" lines after any interruption in Q&A
When it's a video, go over the videotape word for word and be sure every word is in there?
Follow basic punctuation rules? And I know this is an area of much controversy and disagreement, but there are several basic punctuation rules that both Morson's and the rest of the world uses (Chicago Manual of Style and others). I'm very curious what punctuation most people can agree on.
How about these:
Comma between two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction. Example: "He was happy, but he didn't like it." "She went up the stairs, and she fell down on her crown."
Break up run-on or choppy sentences - at least in SOME way. Example:
Q Do you recall during the time, I think you told me you worked there for about a year, during the time you worked at Rain Bird, was there any type of safety training that went about there?
Let me know what you think. Are there basics we all expect?