I am probably the bane of the lives of editors at the BBC News and Telegraph websites, sending them on an almost daily basis corrections of grammar, punctuation or fact. Checking back after a few hours usually reveals that the required correction has been made. I cannot be sure that it was my email that made the difference, as opposed to one from another reader with a similar eye for detail and desire for accuracy; but I like to think that I helped the Beeb or Torygraph to get it right.
I know, however, that I can take the credit for one small change. I emailed Channel 4 News to point out that their UK weather map incorrectly spelt Newcastle upon Tyne with hyphens between each word. Other Newcastles, like the one under the Lyme, may be hyphenated, but the one on the Tyne is not. I received a polite response from Viewer Enquiries saying that my “complaint” (which it wasn’t, really) had been logged and passed to those responsible for the weather map. And now Newcastle upon Tyne appears correctly hyphen-free on Channel 4.
I don’t know whether Novocastrians appreciated my efforts – or were even worried in the first place – but it was a small success in my personal campaign to correct slipups and common misconceptions.