Wednesday, April 25, 2007


EDITOR'S NOTE: Before I say anything, let me say this: I know the guys and gals at the campus paper put in long hours, are underpaid, and perennially understaffed, especially in the editing department (seriously). I don't doubt for a minute their hard work and dedication, and frankly, for the most part, they do a pretty dang good job. However, sometimes, things go bad...really bad...

Alright, I know I've been posting silly little typos and goof-ups lately and you're probably wondering, "Well where's your original content, buckaroo, so we can poke some fun?" but I believe I would be doing you all a true injustice if I did not post the following.

Last Friday, the campus paper ran this story on the back page:

(click to get a readable view**)

Me being the shameless headline scanner that I am, the only thing I thought was, "Huh, I didn't even know UW had a club basketball team!"* But later in the day, one of my bosses brought to my attention the fact that the piece actually isn't about club basketball - it's about club baseball.

And sure enough, as you've probably already noticed, there, in the sixth word of the article, is the proof that the headline and picture probably weren't chosen by the same person who wrote the story. The highlighted quote probably should have been a heads-up to whoever laid out the page; I mean, I can't think of too many situations where there would be a need to quote a pitcher for a basketball piece.

But then again, as this article proves, crazier things have been known to happen.

*Answer: We don't. But we do have the WNIT Champion Cowgirls!!!
**The image should open in a new window, with hopes it's more conveinient. Let me know if you don't like it.
EDITOR'S NOTE: My solution? Have the paper hire someone for, say, five dollars a day, just to read over each issue and help catch the mistakes that slip past the official editors. The editors are busy fixing the tricky stuff like AP style, grammar technicalities, and all that. I think a fresh set of eyes would do a great deal of good in cleaning up simple, but unprofessional and confusing errors like this one.


Jason Hill said...

Or maybe hiring someone who knows the first thing about sports.

(Meant in the spirit of good natured "piling on". With a firm nod to the editors note about the underpaid, dedicated newspaper students who let this slip.)

Carol said...

No touchdown for that one!
I love microwave gorilla.

Anonymous said...

The ole "pylon," eh Jason? Very sporting.

I thought that Microwave Gorilla was funny, but decidely crazy. I mean, who comes up with that stuff?!