I stumbled across this today and wanted to share this with you. The accompanying photo was published online by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Do you notice anything wrong with this?
OK. If you can’t spot it right away, it may be because you’re not familiar with significant dates in U.S. military history.
The cutline says the photo is from August 1942. However, the headline of The Detriot Times says “Allies Land in France!” Had the headline read “Marines Land in Guadacanal!” or “Allies Land in North Africa!” then the August 1942 date would be correct. But since the Allies invaded France in June 1944, the cutline is incorrect.
The Nieman page shows a number of photographs showing people involved in the newspaper industry, including copy editors, whose jobs include finding factual errors. Without copy editors mistakes are made damaging the credibility of a publication — whether it’s in print or online. In this case, all of the cutlines and photos are now questionable. The Nieman Foundation appears to need a copy editor.
I’ve asked Nieman Foundation’s assistant editor, Jan Gardner, for a response. I will post it when I receive it.