It’s time once again for… The Door

Our actual door copy Welcome to this week’s posting of The Door (of Shame, Blame and Brilliance), which is brought to you live from our own newsroom door here at the Siuslaw News each Tuesday morning. We’d bring it to you Mondays except that Joe, or delivery guy, stinks up the bathroom, which is located on the other side of The Door, making the newsroom uninhabitable for most of Monday mornings. So we’ll stick with Tuesdays until Joe either retires or changes his diet.

For those of you just tuning in, it’s about TIME you got here! This is when we highlight some of the most shameful or brilliant newspaper headlines journalists here have been clipping and taping to the newsroom door since the early 1970s, back when laptops were solely for the purpose of giving wives or girlfriends a place to sit. Before we begin, we will repeat the mission statement of The Door:

“To serve as a beacon, drawing us into the jagged rocks of journalism”

Again, no one has actually ever said this, but we journalists know that adding quote marks makes it truth.

That said, today’s post on The Door comes from Siuslaw News… That’s right, we mess up too. This add ran in 2009, promoting homes in a new development here in Florence which, as some of you may know, is located on the central coast of Oregon. Not near the coast, but ON the coast. This could explain why movement on this property was slow, and why anyone who followed the directions are probably unaccounted for…

Buy now, and get a free snorkel and swim fins!
Buy now, and get a free snorkel and swim fins!

Published by

Ned's Blog

I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

16 thoughts on “It’s time once again for… The Door”

  1. Years ago, when working as a reporter for my hometown paper, a man known around town for having his dog as his constant companion, died. His obituary obviously wasn’t proofread well, and instead of saying, “his constant companion, his dog”, it said, “his constant companion, his DONG”. It actually made into the bloopers for the KS Press Association meeting that year. It was a proud moment. lol

  2. My mother used to write to Jay Leno and send him newspaper articles that had these kind of typos and misprints. She gave me a signed and very young picture of Jay that his publicists sent to people apparently who did this often. I have it framed. It is funny that my friend, Bill, took a picture of our other friend, Ricky, in the middle of the street. The sign by the street says, “Dip in the road.” Your door is funny, too!

No one is watching, I swear...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s