(This post was originally posted on the Coronation Street Blog January 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)
I remember the good old days. You know the ones. The days when a misprinted headline would appear in the Weatherfield Gazette and we'd blog it and have a giggle. Well, those days are gone my friend, gone.
Many of us would have spotted the error in the headline in the Weatherfield Gazette recently on Coronation Street. There should have been an apostrophe in New Year's Day and there wasn't. But instead of blogging it, I just sighed and let this one go. What's the point of complaining, I thought, it doesn't make any difference. It doesn't make things better.
But a bunch of journalists - I'm not sure what the collective noun is for journalists - are up in arms over the Corrie apostrophe omission. Up. In. Arms. And rightly so, of course.
Today, Hold The Front Page reports that journalists are urging ITV to do their research, as far as representing journalists on screen go. The scene on Monday’s night’s episode which showed a press pack doorstep the Nazir's after Luke's death prompted reaction from journalists across the land, who took to social media to voice their criticism. You can read some of the comments here.
And yes, the missing apostrophe was commented on too.
Northern Echo reporter Charlotte Bowe added: “A lot of things are far-fetched in soap land, but it would be nice if Coronation Street made a tiny effort to portray how journalists and media law actually works. Not to mention exclamation marks slapped all over The Weatherfield Gazette.”
It's not the first time (and I'm sure it won't be the last) that The Weatherfield Gazette headlines were wrong.
Have a look at some of their bloopers here. Oh, and here.
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