Posts by Craig Silverman

About Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification. The blog moved to The Poynter Institute in December 2011, and he joined as Adjunct Faculty. He also serves as Director for Content for Spundge, a content curation and creation platform used by newsrooms and other organizations. Craig has been a columnist for the Toronto Star, Columbia Journalism Review, The Globe And Mail and BusinessJournalism.org. He’s the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift, and was part of the team that launched OpenFile.ca, a Canadian online news start-up. His journalism and books have been recognized by the Mirror Awards, National Press Club, Canadian National Magazine Awards, and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.
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Study: Political journalists opt for stenography over fact checking during presidential debates

During the 2012 U.S. presidential debates, political journalists on Twitter primarily repeated candidate claims without providing fact checks or other context, according to new research published in The International Journal of Press/Politics. Authors Mark Coddington, Logan Molyneux and Regina G. Lawrence analyzed tweets from 430 political journalists during the debates to see how much they engaged in the checking … Read More
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Amnesty International launches video verification tool, website

Amnesty International is in the verification game and that is good news for journalism. When journalists monitor and search social networks, they’re looking to discover and verify newsworthy content. Amnesty utilizes the same networks and content — but their goal is to gather and substantiate evidence of human rights abuses. “Verification and corroboration was always a key component of human … Read More
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L.A. Times corrects report of author's porn habits, man's "endowment"

The Los Angeles Times offered a book review correction that's jam packed with porn and penis references: "Big Little Man": A review in the June 29 Arts & Books section of the book "Big Little Man" said that author Alex Tizon is in his 60s. He is 54. Also, the review described Tizon as an avid consumer of porn, but … Read More
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Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

// When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing.” That concept – which Schultz refers to as the “fact-check the Internet approach” – attracted a decent amount of … Read More
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Ottawa Citizen apologizes to David Bowie for 'Space Oddity' accusation

In May, the Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed from a university professor that began with an accusatory opening line:  "David Bowie stole a piece of Canadian culture on Wednesday." It was dead wrong. The piece claimed Bowie was personally responsible for having astronaut Chris Hadfield's version of "Space Oddity" removed from YouTube. Professor Blayne Haggart … Read More
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LinkedIn acquires major fact checking patents

Lucas Myslinski was tired of having to fact check the questionable emails his father often forwarded to him. “My dad would send these emails where they say something like, ‘Oh the government is stockpiling billions of dollars of ammunition’ and other things like that, where if all you would do is take a little time and look on Snopes … Read More
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BuzzFeed faceplants in hockey story, then makes an amusing correction

When the Los Angels Kings won the Stanley Cup at home, lots of significant others, officials, and other folks came down to the ice to celebrate. As reported by BuzzFeed and Uproxx, this resulted in a remarkable faceplant by one woman who unwisely wore high heels on the ice: That slip up caused another: BuzzFeed's post mistakenly … Read More
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A new truth layer for the web

Over the years this idea has attracted entrepreneurs and technologists, and so far no one has been able to figure out a workable, widely-adopted product. The problem to solve is obvious: With so much content being published online, it’s difficult for most people to determine the quality and credibility of a given webpage or other piece of content. How can … Read More
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San Francisco Chronicle blog fails video game trivia, issues correction

The San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic had to issue a correction after he misstated the revenge intentions of video game aliens: CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post suggested that a singular being named Yar was getting his revenge in the Atari 2600 game Yars’ Revenge. In fact, the Yarians were a race of aliens, and were collectively seeking revenge. The … Read More
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Times public editor calls Joe Nocera column 'intrinsically flawed,' calls for more than a correction

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has weighed in on a dispute between two heavyweights. In one corner is high-profile Times columnist Joe Nocera. In the other, billionaire investor Warren Buffett. In the end, she sides with Buffett, writing that a Nocera column about Buffett is "so intrinsically flawed, a standard correction didn’t get the job done." … Read More