Rantings of a sub-editor

April 9, 2011

A challenge for you

Filed under: Metro,mistaken identity — substuff @ 7:21 am
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This is a cutting from yesterday’s Metro. I challenge you to read it once (without prior knowledge of the story) and understand it. It took me three tries, and some collaboration. Just me?

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5 Comments »

  1. Took me three attempts with no collaboration! That’s definitely a new definition of “News In Brief”. Also an advert, I’d say, for justified paragraphs with first-line indent…

    Comment by Scott Diamond — April 9, 2011 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  2. That’s amazingly confusing. I can only assume the sub had a nervous breakdown, leaving them with no choice but to publish as it was…

    Comment by stroppyeditor — April 9, 2011 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

  3. Blymie. The reporter who wrote this must have followed Mr Kelvin MacKenzie’s advice: no degree, no NCTJ, no problema babe; you can learn how to write in a newsroom in a month, yeah, so easy.

    Comment by Chie — April 10, 2011 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  4. Shocking, isn’t it! I showed it to my flatmate and asked if she understood it. She said: “I do, just, but I’m surprised I hadn’t heard that Rio Ferdinand had been shot – I would’ve thought that would be bigger news.”

    Enough said!

    Comment by substuff — April 10, 2011 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  5. Not even the attacker understood who he was supposed to shoot.

    Comment by Alistair Dabbs — April 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm | Reply


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