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Here’s a new entry for Fix It Friday!


Emplo Yee

123 West Job St.

NY, NY 12345

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Employ Mel. I am confident in my ability to perform any of the needed tasks required of a cashier at Sears’ location, having worked for the last five months as a cashier during the lunch rush at my campus’ convenience store chain. I also have five months of experience in food preperation as well as experience in several different stocking systems from my time as a library assistant and my work at the campus store, and am adept at working quickly and effectively in a high stress environment. I can be contacted by phone and by email. I hope to hear from you soon.

Emplo Yee


Emplo Yee
123 West Job St.
NY, NY 12345

Dear Human Resources representative,

My name is Emplo Yee and I am confident in my ability to perform all the necessary tasks to become a great Sears cashier. I have worked as a cashier at my college’s convenience store chain. Plus, I have experience with several different stocking systems from my time as a library assistant and as a college campus store worker. I am adept at working quickly and effectively in a fast-paced environment, so I feel I can be a valuable member of the Sears team.

Please contact me by phone or email if you need any further information. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.


Emplo Yee


This letter was fine but I fixed the spacing issues and made it more concise.

Well, I hope this was helpful! If you want to submit something for Fix It Friday, please send it by 5pm on Thursday.

Have a nice weekend ^^.


So Imma tell you all a thing…on you should have figured out by doing a simple Google search, but this is another moment where someone on tumblr went “There Gulible written on the ceiling” and noone looked up, but everyone freaked out about it.

The first picture, everyone’s seen it, that note count tells us that, but did you know…its fake?

Thats right people, the first picture is from 2002, and then edited greener, and the second one? Taken specifically at a different angle and during the winter…when its noticeably more brown…dont believe me? here, have a link. DOnt have time to click the link? (kinda like not having time to look this up) Then heres the article! 

Images of Earth in 1978 and 2012: Real or Hoax?

A popular image heavily shared on social media websites shows two images of our planet, one dated 1978 and one dated 2012. The 1978 photo shows a much greener United States, while the 2012 image appears to be devoid of vegetation. The caption reads, “The same planet just 34 years after. Kinda sad, right?” Is this photo accurate?

The images are real, but they have been altered, and the caption is wrong.

Let’s take a look at these images a little closer. The original image being circulated looks like this:

The “1978″ Image

The image on the left, dated 1978, was actually taken on February 8, 2002. You can find the original image here, and the NASA page discussing it here. Thus the caption stating that it was taken in 1978 is incorrect. We have compared the alleged 1978 image (which we’ll now refer to as the 2002 image) with the original NASA photo below. The original NASA photo is on the left and the 2002 photo in circulation is on the right. You’ll see that the colors have been altered from the original to be more vibrant, and the subtle greens of the original are much brighter in the altered version.

The “2012″ Image

The photo dated 2012 in the circulated image was taken on January 24, 2012. The original can be found on the NASA website, here. Their description of the image reads:

A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin. 

If we compare the original with the photo in circulation, we see that there is only slight color variation from the original.

This leads us to the original comparison, of what we now know to be images taken in 2002 and 2012 – only 10 years apart. How can we account for the discrepancy that does exist between the two images?

Color Variation

Comparing the colors of these photos, we see that the 2002 image has much more vibrant colors, perhaps altered after the fact, or due to other processes. Comparing the blue in the oceans in the two images reveals that the oceans in the 2002 image have a nearly purple tint. This alone could account for much of the discrepancy in color.


The 2002 image is clearly a different angle of North America than the 2012 image. This angle makes the continent appear significantly larger in the 2012 image.


It has been argued that the 2012 image has a “deforested” look because it was taken in the middle of winter when trees are likely to be bare, yet the 2002 was only taken a couple of weeks later in the year. It’s unclear whether the winter seasons in 2002 and 2012 were as different as the colors in these images may imply.

In short, the image being circulated does not show a comparison of North America in 1978 and 2012, but two very different images taken only 10 years apart.

Comparison of unaltered images

Below we have recreated the comparison, using the original unaltered images:

Bottom Line

The photos in circulation were taken only 10 years apart and have been altered.


So there you have it! Another thing the people of tumblr should have fact checked, kinda like that radiation post that was actually tsunami perdictions (actually, someone probably looked it up but got deleted by those who dont care about actual facts and only like to find fault). SO yep, you have been informed and noone will probably even care because they get stuck in their ways…. 


LOOK ALERT: This is reason why sub-editors should not rely on spell-checkers, especially when handling agency copy or blended copy. Spell-checkers simply do not pick up MISSING words.


Spotted at Ruben’s Taco Truck in Culver City.


TEACHABLE MOMENT: If you must report on drugs, try to understand the difference between a trade name such as Zoloft (requiring an upper case initial letter) and a substance such as seratonin (a neurotransmitter, which does not need a capital letter). Then understand that Zoloft’s principal ingredient is sertraline hydrochloride, which belongs to a class of drugs known as selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs block seratonin reuptake in the brain, changing brain chemistry and, in the process, elevating mood. So seratonin is not the “active component” of this prescription drug.
Final tip: also read back your copy to see if it makes sense. That first sentence is scrambled.


Hello Friends, let me explain you a thing

you can use google to verify facts before you reblog

you can ‘search google for this image’ to verify an image before you reblog

you can verify ‘missing persons’ through google to see if they have BEEN FOUND before you reblog

you do not have to aid the spread of misinformation.


Go home, copy editor, you’re drunk! I bet some “cocunut” rum was involved. #journalism #copyediting #typo