Ever write something just as a place-holder just so you could come back to it later? [witty example here].
A local paper in the UK had what could honestly be a copy editor’s anxiety dream come to life.
To be fair, “100 pt splash heading here” sounds like a major scoop.
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
Just bought my copy of this future classic. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/uQj7hBhCPm
— Dominick Reed (@IDrinkLeadPaint) December 6, 2017
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
You won’t be laughing when you get hit by the 100 pt splash that is heading towards Cambridge. They tried to warn you..,
— Simon Barnes (@sibarnes2000) December 6, 2017
The paper offered an apology for the 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
— Cambridge News (@CambridgeNewsUK) December 6, 2017
The headline was actually meant to be “£2m for ‘sex lair’ school.” Next time perhaps.