#ProofingMatters, No.007

In addition to hate reading the Kansas City Star on a daily basis, I occasionally watch KSHB Action 41 news, the NBC affiliate in the Kansas City market.

When I was in college, one of my media teachers would use real life examples of fantastic journalism in order to help explain the concepts he was trying to teach us. He is a wonderful teacher and I still ask him questions today. He also used real life examples of what terrible journalism looks like and, more times than not, those examples came from KSHB.

I’m glad to see, all these years later, they are still providing him with plenty of material to use, as presented by today’s #ProofingMatters image.



Hey, Action 41 News…you’re doing it wrong. The name you are looking for is Jeremy Maclin. I realize he’s new and all (sarcasm: he isn’t), but at least get his name right.

How did this even happen?! R and C aren’t even on the same row of the keyboard!!!

How can you be this inept and still be a station?

#ProofingMatters, Friends. Stay vigilant.

And if you see any #ProofingMatters miscues out in the wild, feel free to send them my way, along with your name and where the offense occurred and I’ll include it in a new post!

#ProofingMatters, No. 006

In this week’s edition of #ProofingMatters we witness a graphics department that just gave up, a tattoo artist that should probably stick to pictures and an incredibly unfortunate sports headline.

To kick things off, let’s start with ESPN. There is so much wrong with this where do you begin?

1. You don’t need commas in this sentence. 2. My eyes are bleeding.

Spotted somewhere in Philadelphia. From the best worst offender in Kansas City television news, KSHB encourages its viewers to hire gas prices. What am I hiring them to do, exactly?Sometimes, spelling and grammar are hard.

The little known 51st state, Colorodo.

And, finally, this headline about the Philadelphia Phillies pitchers striking out batters.

Just. No. 

Keep proofing, Friends. It matters.

#ProofingMatters, No. 005

It’s been a little while since I’ve gathered the blunders of the internet and posted them for your viewing…pleasure? Several of these are cringe-inducing, eye-twitching bad. Enjoy!

First, I was watching television about a month ago and saw this error. I don’t think that’s the name of the movie; and Tina Fey thinks you should have proofed your graphic, too.


Then, there was this headline from Fox 4 in Kansas City. I kept looking for a direct quote from someone, but couldn’t find one. Hey, Fox 4 KC – I don’t think “speeded up” is a thing. Pretty sure it should be ‘sped up.’

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And making sure they weren’t left out of the bad journalism game, The Kansas City Star made sure to include this sentence that included the wrong word altogether. Didn’t feel everyone with joy? How about fill?FullSizeRender 4The Star has to make sure they are the best at everything, even if what they are best at is being the worst. This story about Buck O’Neil proved to be too big an undertaking for them when they decided to change Stephen Colbert’s name to Steven Colbert.


This paragraph from Deadspin was pretty confusing. So, the Eagles are taking a bath on about $9 million in dead money, but they clear ten dollars worth of cap space? $10 doesn’t seem like it is going to do very much to help pay a football player’s multi-million dollar contract, but maybe I’m wrong.

FullSizeRender 3But Deadspin wasn’t the only sports-related account that had a tough time. Mike Tyson apparently didn’t realize what basketball game he was watching and congratulated the women of the University of Cincinnati (which he spelled incorrectly) on their fourth consecutive national title in basketball. Only one problem with that – Cincinnati didn’t play in the title game. The University of Connecticut did. And THEY won their fourth consecutive title. IMG_8234

Finally, I bring you this amazing piece of journalism from the shining beacon of ethics and morals in reporting, TMZ. A salt. A salt? A SALT?!?! I’m praying that this was meant to be tongue-in-cheek since it took place at a restaurant, but I’m still calling foul. Just spell it correctly. Hat tip to my friend Brandon for sending me the screen grab.


Keep proofing, Friends. It matters.