Writers and editors at NBC News are warning their writers to avoid using Chinese characters in their stories because they can be a dangerous way to write off a writer or editor’s reputation.
In an article on the NBC Universal Writers Group blog, they list 5,500 write-off claims made against them by writers, editors and producers over the past three years.
According to NBC Universal, in addition to the 50,000 claims filed against the group over the last three years, there were at least 5,300 complaints filed against NBC Universal.
The NBC Universal writers group said it was aware of the problem, but was “working hard to resolve it.”
“We have heard from writers, and we have already implemented a number of steps to address the issue,” the group wrote.
“In the meantime, we are continuing to make improvements to our internal processes to ensure our writers, producers and editors continue to have the trust and confidence they need to write the best stories possible.
We are also actively working with our colleagues to identify and remove any write-ups or claims of misconduct that have been filed against us.”
According to the group, writers, publishers and editors can write off writers or producers for using a Chinese word or capitalizing a word that is not their own, or using a word or characters that are unfamiliar to them, or for using Chinese writing in their own stories.
In a statement to NBC News, NBC Universal said the group is committed to the safety and integrity of its staff and is working to address this issue.
In addition to this year’s complaints, the group said that there were “several other claims that were not filed against our network and we are working to remove those as well.”
The NBCUniversal Writers Group said that its policies on writing the same words, capitalizing the same word, using the same capital letter, or pronouncing the same pronunciation as the other writers or publishers have changed.
“We also have worked to improve our internal policies for writers, so that we are more diligent about preventing misconduct, and if a complaint is made, we take swift action to take immediate action to remedy the situation,” the writers group wrote in a statement.
“In the case of this particular complaint, we have taken action to remove the complaint and are working with NBCUniversal to take appropriate action to address it.”
According a blog post by the NBCUniversal writers group, the NBCU group has taken several steps to ensure the safety of its writers and editors, including hiring an independent expert on writing, training our staff in the use of a Chinese keyboard and improving our procedures for handling complaints about writing and production.NBCU said in the post that its guidelines for handling write-downs include: