Nothing can wreck a Sunday for a newspaper editor like seeing a mistake on your front page. You work and work and work to make a good product, and one little missing letter seems to shoot down the whole product.
It’s unfortunate. But it’s true.
Yes, we had a front page headline mistake in today’s Herald. For the Broadway Our Way festival, the headline should have read, “They did it their way.” Clever, right?
Instead, it read “The did it their way.”
I’m not going to go into why the mistake could have happened or why that little headline error was overlooked, because there’s no sense in it. It’s a mistake … one I discovered 30 minutes ago and one that’s surely to eat at me throughout the day. I suppose writing this is like my therapy.
It angers me for a few reasons, other than the fact that it was just a dumb mistake. First … it takes away any legitimacy from what I felt was a strong newspaper today. Tons of local stuff. Great coverage of the Broadway Festival. Great local sports front page. Nearly all local Carolina section. About seven pages of local news in the news section.
Yet, if anybody wants to spout off about how “The Hurld sucks,” they merely point to that headline. Sure, people love to bash their local newspaper … and this gives them that ammunition I suppose.
Another unfortunate thing about it is this was Broadway’s big day, and should have been a keepsake for the festival organizers. My suggestion … clip the stories without the headline. It will still look good … I promise. I’m just sorry you have to do that. I really am.
Like I said, this is my therapy so I can enjoy the rest of my Sunday. I apologize to the staff who made the paper great today, I apologize to our readers, and I apologize to Broadway.
The whole topic of mistakes is open for discussion if anybody feels like bashing us or defending us. Feel free to comment below … just be sure to double check your spelling, or your argument is shot.