Monday, September 17, 2007

Joke headline gets newspaper in hot water

A post on offers a sobering look at just why you shouldn't put a joke headline on a page, even as a placeholder.

In its Sept. 5 edition, The Rocky Mountain Collegian at Colorado State University, put this headline on the jump of a story about a police standoff:

"Dangerous standoff warrants an arrest and some other shit"

As you'd expect the newspaper got plenty of flak for that, including this letter and comments.

I would assume the newspaper published an apology for the error, but I haven't found one on its Web site.

We'd love to hear from a Rocky Mountain Collegian editor about how the paper handled this embarrassing mistake. Though it's an unfortunate situation for the Colorado State University paper, it's a good lesson for all of us.

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