St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria recently wrote a column about kids playing sports year-round. This was her paper’s headline:
“Is it really a good idea for kids to play a sport all year round?”
Cambria’s piece was picked up by Missouri News Feed, which used this headline:
“Is it unequivocally a good thought for kids to play a competition all year round?”
The Post-Dispatch put this note at the end of Cambria’s column:
Nancy Cambria is the parent of a baseball and a hockey player, 12 and 9. Her sons do not play all year, just, um, December through October for baseball and August through May for hockey. Early next year her family will travel to South Bend, Ind., Springfield, Mo., and Chicago for weekend tournaments. But she swears, she is not one of those parents.
Here’s how that note ran on the Missouri Feed site:
Nancy Cambria is a primogenitor of a round and a hockey player, 12 and 9. Her sons do not play all year, just, um, Dec by Oct for round and Aug by May for hockey. Early subsequent year her family will transport to South Bend, Ind., Springfield, Mo., and Chicago for weekend tournaments. But she swears, she is not one of those parents.
What the hell happened here?
Cambria tells Romenesko readers: “We can only assume that the story was translated into another language and then auto-translated back to English, and then stolen and posted on [the Missouri News Feed] site.”
Missouri News Feed couldn’t be reached for comment because there is no contact information on the site.