#copyeditorsmatter: Two awful mistakes from same small paper regarding students

As someone who edits a lot of copy, mistakes do happen.

And sometimes, doozies do happen.

But when they happen twice, it’s pretty embarrassing.

The Pratt Tribune in Kansas went viral last year for the following headline.


It should have been “students get first-hand job experience,” which still sounds weird, but is a whole lot better than the above.

But they followed last week with this …


Really embarrassing, especially considering the girl pictured was 16 and the jump word was DOABLE.


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