Cambridge News: Paper apologises over headline gaffe

Front page ready to go? You checked it?Yeah, it’s good. @CambridgeNewsUK

Newspaper blames technical error for hilarious headline blunder

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So many readers waiting with bated breath for the 100pt splash to arrive. Whatever they think it is.

Cambridge News front page goes viral after missing headline

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Cambridge News didn’t realise the blunder till the morning after going to printTwitter: Gareth Marlow Picture the scene. It’s late at night in the Cambridge News office: coffee mugs and empty pizza boxes litter the newsroom, shirt sleeves are rolled up and big stories are being made — the Post Office has been robbed in a local village, new road bumps have been installed on Somersham Road. This is proper journalism, not the undergraduate pulp we churn out here at Varsity. Busy David Bartlett, the Editor, turns to his Chief Sub Editor; “are we ready to send off the front page” he asks. “Yes, boss” he replies, “are you sure?” “Yep, all ready to go.” 

Yes, it's true, the #100ptsplash is imminent. Sadly @CambridgeNewsUK doesn't tell us how to prepare for this event. I have stockpiled straps and decks in preparation though. of Use and Privacy Policy are applicable to you. All rights reserved.

People can’t believe they didn’t stop to check the most important page

Cambridge News blames 'technical problem' for 'INSERT HEADLINE HERE' headline

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This Cambridge News front page is going down in the annals of print blunders, and onto the wall of the Varsity offices as a warning to all new sub-editors

“We are still looking into how this happened and want our readers to know we take this seriously.”This is the front page which greeted the people of Cambridge this morning

Sold out eh? I wonder if this is an exciting new way to boost sales.

The Cambridge News, a former Local World title now owned by Trinity Mirror, also published an online apology, adding: “Due to a technical problem, the main headline did not appear on the Cambridge edition, although the correct one was printed in the Cambourne edition of the paper.”I’ve never seen so many people in the shop all buying @CambridgeNewsUK (and smiling about it)… Who says newsprint is dead?

End of Twitter post by @CambridgeNewsUKThe story – and pictures – quickly went viral on social media.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. News has now said sorry to its readers, but stressed that human error was not the cause of the mistake.

Staff working on print newspapers regularly insert such instructions as defaults during the design process. “100pt” refers to the size of the desired font, while “splash” is newspaper jargon for a major headline.

I’ve seen numerous stories supposedly written by a journalist called Name Surname, but never anything as bad as this!He joined the Cambridge News in August 2016.
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And to think this is the paper that got the JFK tip-off!

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