I make my living editing news reports. It’s a constant battle to catch spelling and fact errors, remove the occasional libel, plus ensure the stories flow fluently. It demands vigilance, accuracy and speed.
Working in a newspaper means we usually have to write or edit captions and come up with sharp headlines, always with an eye on the tone of the story. We make mistakes, and I’ll put my hand up when I do. Usually, I catch the errors before I send the story to the page, or the revise desk pounces on them. Sometimes, though, they get through.
Hard to believe all these got through. Some are so obvious you wonder how they were published. But it happens. You may have seen some of them before, but I’m glad to say none are mine. Not all, you’ll notice, are in newspapers, but they give a flavour of how easily the glaringly obvious gaffes can slip through even the best controls.