New ‘To Catch an Error’ contest starts today!

The Sacramento Press’ “To Catch an Error” contest has ended for the month of November. We are excited to announce our winner, Marion Millin !

Millin received a total of 54 points for catching minor spelling and grammar errors in stories by community contributors and one of our staff reporters.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

If you missed last month’s contest, it’s time to start hunting again. Beginning today, we will wipe the slate clean and start our December contest. December’s winner will receive a complimentary lunch for two at Zocalo.

Due to the New Year’s Eve holiday, the deadline for entries will be midnight on Dec. 30.

See below for complete rules. If you have any feedback or questions about the contest, please email

What is the contest all about?

"To Catch an Error” is a monthly contest that we hope will improve the quality of content on our site. We know mistakes are inevitable, but we want to do our best to eliminate as many as possible.

That’s why we’re asking for your help to catch errors in articles on The Sacramento Press! Each month, we want you to submit any spelling, grammar or factual errors you catch to

Errors will be accepted until midnight on the last day of each month (unless stated otherwise). Throughout the month, errors will be evaluated and corrections made to articles at our discretion.

At the beginning of each month, we will announce the winner from the previous round along with the errors he or she caught, wipe the slate clean and start all over!

Errors will be assigned different values, using the following point system:

* Minor grammar and spelling error = 1 point
* Misspelling name of person = 3 points
* Factual error = 5 points
* Error in editorial intern story = 3 bonus points
* Error in staff reporter story = 5 bonus points

Note: The Sacramento Press follows Associated Press style for most spelling and word usage.

Each month, the person with the most points will receive a prize, a merit badge on his or her profile and a little bit of social media love. Prizes will vary from month to month.

Official contest rules

Eligibility: To be eligible, contestants must be registered as a user on The Sacramento Press. 

Note: The same person cannot win two months in a row.

Deadline: All errors must be submitted by midnight on the last day of each month, unless otherwise stated.

How to enter: You can enter as many times as you like each month, and multiple entries can be submitted at the same time. Entries must be submitted by e-mail and will not be accepted through social media or as comments on articles.

To submit an error, send an email to with the following:

* Your first and last name, along with your Sacramento Press user name
* A link to the story where you found the error
* Copy and paste the entire sentence or paragraph as it appears in the article, along with the error

If clarification is needed, a Sacramento Press staff member will follow up with you. When an error is submitted to us, a reply will be sent, verifying the number of points earned within 24 hours.

Submit errors as soon as you catch them! If an error has already been caught and a correction issued, points will not be given for the error.

Corrections: Errors will be verified by the Editorial and Community Outreach departments, and normal editorial correction policies will be applied. We will edit minor spelling or grammatical errors. More serious errors, such as factual inaccuracies, will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. Please note, we are under no obligation to issue a correction for every error submitted.

Note: The Sacramento Press has the final say in all errors being submitted.

Prizes: Prizes will change every month, and we reserve the right to change a prize at any time without notifying contestants.

Good luck!


Editor’s Note:  The official contest rules have been revised.  Beginning this month, contest winners cannot win two months in a row.

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December 1, 2011 | 9:30 AM

Congratulations, Marion! With 54 points for last month, you KNOW we’ll be more on our toes this month!

Thanks to all for helping us keep The Sacramento Press the best place for excellence in journalism.

December 1, 2011 | 6:23 PM

Thanks Melissa, very kind of you. Keep up the good work!

December 1, 2011 | 10:31 PM

Yay! Congrats Marion :)

December 2, 2011 | 9:26 AM

Thanks Susie. The Real Sac High education paid off. Thanks for all your work :)

December 2, 2011 | 2:49 PM

Yes, the real Sac High has pumped out a lot of smarties :)

December 14, 2011 | 1:21 AM

…is nobody going to mention the error in this very announcement? the winner’s surname is spelled two different ways within the first couple of sentences!

December 14, 2011 | 1:23 AM

(p.s. congratulations, marion!)

December 14, 2011 | 12:06 PM

We thought we fixed that but thank you so much for pointing that out!

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