More terrible headlines!

in #news16 days ago

Because I was an editor for a small-circulation newspaper in college, I know first-hand how important the job of editor is. Many times I had never even seen the articles our journalists were writing until we had the copy laid out. This is an important part of the process because a "fresh set of eyes" can normally more easily detect mistakes that the author wont catch, no matter how many times they proofread it.

Of course today we have a ton of technology to detect spelling and grammar issues but they wont catch everything, in particular proper nouns or anything capitalized. Here are some funny mistakes that made it to final print without detection by anyone involved in the process.


I don't know about you, but I don't think I want to take any sort of educational advice from someone that would allow this to make it to final print. The editor also seems to have a severe misunderstanding of how and when capitol letters are supposed to be used: You don't just use it on every single word that isn't an article. Sheesh.

This is, however, a good example of how a spell-checker would find no fault in this, even though it is clearly wrong.


I looked it up because I thought maybe I was wrong but no, there isn't now nor has there ever been a "Wenster's dictionary." This is a good example of how a spell-checker tends to ignore what it perceives to be a proper noun though. At least this editor understands capitalization.


Placeholder text is crucial to production software because often the setup of the paper is known long before what the actual stories are. The "Lorum Ipsum" text is quite common but other software, for fear of being sued by Adobe uses something else such as this. The fact that this made it to final print is really a testament to how bad (or perhaps nonexistent) the editor at the paper must be. I would imagine they got fired, or at the least reprimanded. At least it was funny whereas the next entry is really in bad taste and I certainly hope that it was an honest mistake.


There are certain tiers of screwups that can be made in any profession and this is pretty top-level. Kids belong to a special group of untouchable's where while the mistake might be funny, is still a very big deal as far as professionalism (or lack thereof) is concerned.

These days the "news cycle" is so fast that mistakes like this still happen quite frequently. I find errors on links leading to completely unrelated stories, headlines that don't match the body of the article, or even horrible spelling and grammar mistakes in some of the lower-level productions. These people almost certainly didn't get fired because they likely aren't paid anyway. There is also some indication that many of these "mistakes" are actually made to generate buzz around an organization that otherwise wouldn't be something we would ever hear about anyway.

In the meantime, someone like me who actually held a job as and editor for 6 months can look at these situations and pretend as though it is a mistake that I would never have made. I suppose I should come off my high horse though, since my publication only went out once a week. I would imagine that it is still produced today especially when you consider the paper was given away for free and was funded by tuition anyway.



I dunno, perhaps the kids did have "leaning problems". I know that my neighbor's kids are quite lazy!

when i worked in a restaurant they said "if you got time to lean, you got time to clean!"

Words in here ghgh gh ghgh ghgh WORDS WORDS WORDS! oh that made me laugh. I would love to have a physical copy of that paper for sure.