Local newspaper Cambridge News has been left red-faced after an issue went on sale with an instruction for staff in place of a front-page headline.
Instead of the intended headline for its lead story, the paper went to press with: “100pt splash heading here” emblazoned on the cover, a reference to the intended font size.
— Richard Taylor (@RTaylorUK) December 6, 2017
The correct headline was “£2m for ‘sex lair’ school” in reference to a council grant to a local academy whose previous head was accused of keeping sex toys in his office.
In a statement, Cambridge News editor-in-chief David Bartlett said: “I want to apologise sincerely to our readers for this mistake, which happened due to a technical problem.
“We are still looking into how this happened and want our readers to know we take this seriously.”
The unfortunate oversight quickly drew attention on social media:
Hope you%u2019re having a better day than the production editor of the Cambridge News pic.twitter.com/wmCp6ZL5fE
— James Herring (@itsjamesherring) December 6, 2017
Even the BBC got in on the act:
— Rebekah Chilvers (@RebekahChilvers) December 6, 2017
While Cambridge News editors were no doubt cringing over the error, but it could have been worse. In March 2017 edition of the Lancashire Telegraph went to press with both a placeholder headline and an entire article of Latin gibberish.
— Matt Collins (@MattCollins89) March 10, 2017
It’s not just the big gaffes that can cause headaches for editors – this unfortunate headline from the Kansas Pratt Tribune demonstrates the importance of the humble hyphen:
— Rob The Bruce (@robster38) October 30, 2017
While unfortunate wording was the undoing of another headline, this one in the Gloucestershire Echo:
— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsAuthor) December 9, 2016
A much-mocked CNN headline from February 2016 appeared to suggest that refugee crisis panic had prompted Australia to forget its own geography:
— Borut Hafner (@BorutHafner) March 1, 2016
The story actually referred to a far more plausible fence between Slovenia and Austria.
And then there was the time the Irish Herald accompanied a sports story about Man United strikes Romelu Lukaku with a picture of grime artist Stormzy:
— PunkFootball (@PunkFootball) July 11, 2017
Sometimes the words are fine and the pictures are fine, just… not together:
The best newspaper layout mistake you%u2019ll see today:pic.twitter.com/25eExqmT
— Max Nussenbaum (@maxnuss) June 16, 2012
This newspaper formatting fail will never not be funny %uD83D%uDE02 pic.twitter.com/zFTCDruo3N
— Rob Howard (@radiorobhoward) September 16, 2017