Are you qualified to write about travel?

What does it take to be a writer for Yahoo! Travel? Not much, if this article is any indication.

You don’t need to know how to spell. You can commit the absolute worst misspelling of hors d’oeuvres in the entire universe and still be employed:

hour 1

And you don’t need to know anything about punctuation. Just throw some commas around as if L’Espalier were the only restaurant on Boylston Street, and hope that nobody realizes that you didn’t tell them where Boylston Street is. (It’s in Boston.)

Should you know that they’re the Great Smoky Mountains? Not necessarily:

hour 2

Do you need to know that a hyphen is required in the compound adjective 4,200-acre? Nope:

hour 3

Should you know how to spell Tom Colicchio? Nah.

hour 4

What does it take to write for Yahoo!?

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2 Responses to “Are you qualified to write about travel?”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    I nominate the “Hors d’oeuvre” misspelling for the most horrific example of atrociously bad spelling award for 2014. I wouldn’t even have to wait till December.

    I had to look that one up (not being in the culinary business). Someone writing about food just might be expected to do the same.

    • Laura Says:

      I actually looked at the farm’s website to make sure they didn’t serve something called “hour d’hourves.” They don’t.


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