The Yale Daily News, the oldest daily student newspaper in the United States, may want to update some of its editing-style rules.
The YDN broke the news Thursday that legendary Washington Post reporter and Yale University alum Bob Woodward will teach a journalism seminar in the spring at the university. We couldn't get past the headline, though:
We found elsewhere on the YDN website too:
The article explains that the course titled, "Journalism," is an intensive seminar offered by the English department each year. But that's not what was captured in the YDN headline to the outside observer.
"YDN copy style always puts course names in quotations," Tapley Stephenson, YDN's editor-in-chief, told The Huffington Post in an email.
So whether the class is called "Journalism," "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" or "History Of Rock 'n' Roll," it would've been in quotations.
But still, it's possible to change the headline to avoid the unintentional irony. TalkingPointsMemo picked up the story from YDN with the headline, "Woodward To Teach Journalism Seminar At Yale," which was basically the same as theAssociated Press' version.
Oh well, at least we got a "laugh" out of it.