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Sports Illustrated Needs a Geography and Search Engine Lesson

Sometimes I see a mistake in print that could so easily be avoided if the publication did a little bit of fact-checking.

Case in point: the Sept. 14, 2015 issue of Sports Illustrated. On page 50, a sidebar article on Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas said he led California high school receivers with 1,656 yards for Woodland Hills Taft in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

There’s just one problem: There is no such city as San Fernando Valley. William Howard Taft Charter High School is, in fact, in Woodland Hills. True, Woodland Hills is in the San Fernando Valley, and some publications such as the Los Angeles Times put the name of the city/town in front of the school name. But there is no such town. The Valley, as it is commonly known, is home to 31 communities within the city of Los Angeles, plus five unincorporated communities, plus four other cities (Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and San Fernando).

This mistake should have never happened. It makes me think the editors have not heard of Google, Yahoo!, Bing, or any other search engine. Do a Google search of “Woodland Hills Taft High School” and the very first entry shows the address. No need to click on the first entry. It’s right there. The same thing happened with Bing. Yahoo! required one to click on the first entry to see the address.

Boggles my mind how ridiculous this is. It would have taken less than a minute to verify.

Sloppy journalism, and unfortunately more common than it should be.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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1 Comment »

  1. Classic East Coast Bias


    Comment by Ron Mexico | September 15, 2015 | Reply

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