Spot the Typos

Like any good, stereotypical millennial, I consume my news online. I don’t have cable at home to watch news broadcasts nor do I subscribe to a newspaper. So I rely on sites like USA Today, CNN, BBC News and my Twitter feed to keep me up to date with what’s happening in the world.

So you can imagine how disheartening it is, especially as a journalism major, to see reputable news sources with glaring and obvious typos in their articles. If I ever made just the tiniest typo in one of my articles for class, it would be an automatic D, maybe even an F. Case in point: I misspelled Jon Stewart’s name once by including an “h” in John. The rest of the article was solid, but because of that, I got a D. Never again will I forget how to spell Jon Stewart’s name.

A few days ago, I was browsing through E! Online (hey – I need my entertainment news, also!) and came across a small typo in this article: Everything We Know About the ’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Based on Behind-the-Scenes Pictures. Please try to hold judgment that I was reading this article.

 …and Dakota Johnson, the girl you’re not aure is right for the part but you’re willing to give her a chance, as Anastasia Steele.

It’s just one misspelled word, which the average reader might glance over, but what really got to me was the fact that the word is still misspelled on their website as I write this. No one has bothered to correct it.

I bring up this E! Online article because this is something I see frequently all over the web, and it also reminded me of my favorite typo ever that I saw on CNN. Except it wasn’t really a typo. It was more like an editor left their desk for a minute and a one year old came along and began pounding on the keyboard. It was so epic, I had to screencap it:


This typo was left online for at least 30 minutes. I kept refreshing the page thinking clearly someone over there must have noticed, but it took a while. How does that even happen in the first place?! It’s one thing to have typos on a blog, but for a reputable news source, such as CNN, to have an error like that is awkward. And imagine, these are only the errors that I’ve stumbled upon. Who knows what else is out there.

Does it bother you when news sources make such simple mistakes like that? Or am I just being too picky? I was always taught that typos can make you less credible, which in my eyes is very true. If you can’t spell a word right, or have an editor pick up on a typo, how can I be sure that the facts being reported are true? I can’t.


2 thoughts on “Spot the Typos

  1. This is a great piece, and extremely relevant. It’s actually pretty distracting to read anything, whether it’s a news article or Facebook status from a media outlet with typo. It’s interesting how editing and review processes will be adjusted…if such processes haven’t already been.

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