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?



  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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