Uh oh. Some copy editor on the other side of the pond is in deep trouble. We all make mistakes at work, but this one was kind of a doozy. A recent front page for the Cambridge News, and English newspaper, looked like this.
Front page ready to go? You checked it?
Yeah, it’s good. @CambridgeNewsUK pic.twitter.com/YqazwkQ7ZZ
— Gareth Marlow (@GarethMarlow) December 6, 2017
Yikes. That is literally every editor’s worst nightmare. The placeholder for the headline is what ended up getting printed and distributed – and you just know people on Twitter had to pile on the poor person who failed.
Everybody wanted to rub it in…
Dear oh dear. I have a feeling the next issue's splash might be: 'EDITOR FIRED OVER
MISSING HEADLINE.' pic.twitter.com/txHynKMO5G
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 6, 2017
Especially media types…
If you think you’re having a bad day, just think how the editor of the Cambridge News must be feeling….?
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) December 6, 2017
But some thought it actually might help the paper in an unexpected way…
That’s a tough morning ?! I want a copy! Will prob do great sales…smart ?
— Nathan Judah (@njudah_star) December 6, 2017
And future students…
Wow. It’s real. This’ll be featured in newspaper sub-editing courses for years. And available at all good newsagents near you today, folks. pic.twitter.com/JS8YpuedVW
— Chris Rand (@ChrisRandWrites) December 6, 2017
The newspaper got on Twitter to apologize for the embarrassing error.
We would like to sincerely apologise for the technical problem that caused the main headline to not appear on the Cambridge edition, although the correct one was printed on the Cambourne News
— Cambridgeshire Live (@Cambslive) December 6, 2017
And one guy had a pretty good reaction to the whole thing. And I agree with him.
Shit happens. It's cheered us up on a grim day.
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) December 6, 2017
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