Stuff makes a small mistake

Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are more common in the media these days than they used to be. We all do our best here on Whaleoil but we too are guilty of speed typing resulting in words like teh instead of the as well as  apostrophes in the wrong place and, yes, spelling mistakes.

Sometimes, though, a small mistake can change the meaning of the headline, totally. I picked up this kind of mistake yesterday on Stuff. It not only changed the meaning of the headline but it gave a very hurtful impression about an innocent woman.


Name suppression has lifted for a Wellington woman killed last month, with her family describing her as a loving person who “didn’t have a bad bone in her body”.

Pryor, 37, was killed at a Strathmore Park address on May 6. A 38-year-old woman was charged with her murder the following day. Her name remains suppressed. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 19.

Pryor’s name suppression was lifted at midday on Friday…


I know that mainstream media these days is being squeezed financially and its newsrooms are shrinking. Awful mistakes like this one are the inevitable result of understaffed media organisations.

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