Stupid Newspaper

I actually burst out laughing while I read this week’s edition of the Student newspaper. It contains a misfiring dig at the Students’ Association-funded rival publication, Hype.

Last week, the EUSA controlled publication Hype printed an article which implied a link between the University’s Islamic Society and Palestinian terrorism, based on information on Wikipedia. The same issue of the magazine features an article — written by a staff member — including the staggering misspelling of “staggered by” as “staggerd y”. This is far from an isolated incident.

…Considering the resources available, is it too much to expect the appearance of grand ideas such as spelling, grammar and the journalistic awareness not to use Wikipedia as a primary source?

This is actually part of the first piece in the relatively new leader section, which resembles The Guardian‘s leader section in every conceivable way, from the design through to the regular “In praise of…” column.

A couple of weeks ago, Student was published as a special one-off “broadsheet” edition in celebration of the newspaper’s 119th anniversary (?!). Except that it wasn’t a broadsheet at all. It was just the same old tabloid format, but with the front page rotated ninety degrees and spilling over onto the back page. The result was just confusion, along with confirmation that the paper has ideas way above its station. (Who else thinks it was just down to somebody fancying the idea of putting the fact that they have edited a broadsheet on their CV?)

In fairness, Student has improved a lot since it started to take itself more seriously this year. Unfortunately, it is now also po-faced and boring. Despite the fact that it feels like a better paper, I probably actually read less of it. And those spelling and grammar errors are still there in full force. And that takes them straight to the top of the hypocrisy league tables, given today’s attack on Hype.

Student is notorious for its howlingly obvious spelling and grammar errors. Maybe I should hunt down the edition from a few weeks ago that talked about the “gravitas” of a situation. I can’t remember what situation it was, but I clearly thought the gravitas [sic] of this basic English error was more important because that’s the only thing I can remember about it.

I am not a fan of Hype at all. Infact, I never pick it up. There is no escaping the fact that Hype is essentially nothing more than a EUSA propaganda rag. But today’s Student article criticising Hype‘s spelling errors is just the pot calling the kettle black while gloriously dipping itself in a vat of black paint.

4 comments

  1. Wearing my EUSA hack hat, I wouldn’t have expected you to miss that Hype may well be called “Hype” for a reason…

    And as for Student? I wouldn’t wipe my arse with it.

  2. Well Websters says “high seriousness (as in a person’s bearing or in the treatment of a subject)”.

    I guess the usage is dubious, and it’s definitely pretentious, but I wouldn’t say it’s a glaring error. I’ve seen a lot worse in more professional publications.