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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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NPR corrects: Blame cow belches, not cow farts

An NPR story ended up on the wrong end of cows and their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions: An earlier version of this story said that the methane emissions associated with livestock come from their farts. In fact, most of those methane emissions come from belches. Hat tip to Jonathan Eisen … Read More
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Publications aim to make debunking as popular as fake images

Adrienne LaFrance and Matt Novak live in different cities and write for different sites in the Gawker Media network. LaFrance is a freelancer who contributes to several other publications. Novak works full-time on his blog, Paleofuture, which is part of Gizmodo. She often writes about tech and media. He writes about past visions of the future. Despite the differences, … Read More
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Correction: Argument was over dogs, not drugs

This correction from the U.K.'s Ayrshire Post was probably long awaited by one Mr. William Scott: This is just a brilliant correction courtesy of the Ayrshire Post #woofwoof pic.twitter.com/S7ZHKB1RDH — John Duncan (@livvyjohn) April 3, 2014   … Read More
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Rejoice! Gawker's King Max rejects the strikethrough correction with good reason

Max Read recently took over as the editor of Gawker and — drunk with power — he laid down the law regarding corrections. In a memo blogged by Poynter's Andrew Beaujon, Read's new policy is notable for what it tells writers not to do: For corrections, rather than strikethrough, change the wording and link from there to a comment noting the … Read More
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Why the press can't help but speculate about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Did you hear? A piece of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was spotted by the Vietnamese Navy. The plane made an emergency landing in Nanning, China. It may be in North Korea. Or taken over by Iranian terrorists. No, it just completely vanished. If you want to know how much people are thinking and obsessing … Read More
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U.K. paper apologizes for misattributing 'goat war' comments

The Argus, a paper based in Brighton, England, would like to apologize for suggesting that the director of the Brighton Science Festival believes the "21st century will be remembered for a terrible war between mankind and goats." A goat in Washington, D.C., last August, perhaps making diabolical plans. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) That contention, as well as another … Read More
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Photo debunking accounts spring up to call out viral fakes on Twitter

Paulo Ordoveza says there’s nothing complicated about what he’s doing. Ordoveza, 37, follows roughly 100 Twitter accounts that share remarkable photos of earth, space, historical moments and other events. Then he calls them out from his @PicPedant handle for tweeting fakes, not crediting the original photographer, and for scraping images. In a little more than a month his oh-so-simple … Read More
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Slate's good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

On Saturday night, Slate made a very funny, embarrassing error on Twitter: Could Crimea become Putin's Waterloo? http://t.co/iTLNSh0jaV pic.twitter.com/OdvDLVLPRS — Slate (@Slate) March 2, 2014 Javier Bardem and Vladimir Putin aren't exactly lookalikes. It's a funny mistake, and thanks to Twitter's recent changes the mistaken image loomed large in people's timelines. Then came the … Read More
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Washington Post expands fact-checking project -- and not just to movie trailers

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting the same fact-checking treatment thanks to the latest evolution of The Washington Post’s Truth Teller project. The actor and the senator each figure prominently in new videos produced by Truth Teller, which takes video of someone (usually a politician) speaking and annotates their statements with fact checks from the Post … Read More
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