Saturday, June 27, 2009

Trønder-Avisa - 4 Stories

1) Film med røtter i Verdal (INGVILD RØNNING RADWAN) 26 October 2006
http://www.t-a.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061026/KULTUR/110260087
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes about families immigrating to the continent of North America. The Norwegian journalist writes: "De slo seg ned i Minnesota og Quebec. Men fortsatt var det flere av barna i den store familien som ble igjen i Verdal. Slik har det seg at slekta har vokst seg stor, både i USA og i Norge." If the family members settled in Quebec, then they settled in the country of Canada not in the USA. The Canadian Province du Québec, is the second largest (by population) province in Canada, and the largest French speaking province in Canada. The journalist must think Quebec is located in the USA because he writes: "Slik har det seg at slekta har vokst seg stor, både i USA og i Norge." To be correct he should have written: "Slik har det seg at slekta har vokst seg stor, både i Canada, i USA og i Norge." Why would a Norwegian journalist write the province of Quebec is located in the USA? Was it a guess or an assumption? Why would he not write it is located in Canada? That would be like a Canadian journalist writing that Bergen is located in Finland or Sweden. Not very accurate or professional. An e-mail was sent to the journalist to correct the story, yet a reply, nor correction has never been received. Think about how this error can lead to continued ignorance about Canada to Norwegian readers. It certainly does not help make Norwegians look too informed outside of Norway. Why no reply nor an effort to correct the mistake? Do Norwegian readers not deserve to be accurately informed?
2) Drømmeavtale for Daniev (Normann Ryan jr.) 22 June 2006
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes: "I Canada følger man den amerikanske modellen som innebærer scholarship med en bachelor-utdanning etter fem år." This is wrong. Canada does not follow the USA model of Bachelor degree in five years as the journalist writes. Canada's university system is just as old as the USA's system and the Canadian system is influenced by the British system, and the most of the English speaking world follows the British model. For example: "Today, the most common undergraduate degrees given are the Bachelor of Arts (Artium Baccalaureus) and the Bachelor of Science (Scientiæ Baccalaureus). Originally, in the universities of Oxford (U.K.) and Cambridge (U.K.) all undergraduate degrees were in the Faculty of Arts, hence the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Since the late 19th century, most universities in the English-speaking world have followed the practice of the University of London in dividing undergraduate degree subjects into the two broad categories of arts and sciences, awarding the degree of Bachelor of Science to students of the latter category of subjects." And in fact, in Canada a person can obtain a Bachelor degree in 3, 4, or 5 years terms. After writing to the journalist twice to inform him of his mistake a reply was never received and the error remains. Why no reply, nor even an effort to correct the mistake? Do Norwegian readers not deserve to be accurately informed?
3) Skal kapre turister i fellesskap (Asbjørn Torgersen) 7 November 2007
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes: "En av de som deltok på reiselivskonferansen på Geilo var Bill Brown fra Whistler i British Colombia i Canada. Han har i flere år arbeidet med planarbeid for vinter-OL i 2010." The Canadian province of British Columbia is spelt "British Columbia" not "British Colombia" as the journalist writes. Colombia is a country in South America.
4) Holla Historielag (TORMOD HALVORSEN) 28 August, 2009
In this story, the writer states: "Det blir kjøring i det vakre landskapet «Upstate New York», fram til Niagarafallene på den kanadiske siden i delstaten Ontario." State?? How can Ontario be a state, when Canada does not have states? This is not correct. Ontario is a province in Canada, and has been since 1867. Canada does not have states, and has been using provinces for 346 years, since 1663, when Canada became a Royal Province of France. Mexico and USA are the only two countries in North America with states. After writing Ove Mellingen at TA, the story has not been corrected or clarification of the error pointed out.

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