The proof is in the work

Lifelong reader provides newsroom with valuable, longtime service


February 23, 2022

Scott Swanson

Joan Scofield checks a proof of an edition of The New Era recently.

The New Era's fortunate to have a feature not many other newsrooms can brag about: a 92-year-old, very exacting traditional proofreader.

Every Monday afternoon, Joan Scofield drives the 10 minutes from her longtime home on Pleasant Valley Road to the newspaper's Main Street office to check that week's edition before it goes to press. It's something she's done most Mondays since October 2006, and she's still going strong.

"She has been here nearly every week, showing up to read through the paper and alert us to all the misspellings and typographical problems that she could detect," Editor/Co...

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