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.


The Guardian corrects: Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t gay

A Guardian contributor mistakenly cited Sir Patrick Stewart as being gay, resulting in this correction:

This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said ‘Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s

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The Economist with a lovely correction to a mistaken claim about its own coverage of the legalization of drugs:

In a leader last month (Of bongs and bureaucrats, January 11th) we said that The Economist first proposed legalising drugs in 1993. In fact we argued for it in a cover story in 1988. Who says drug use doesn’t damage long-term memory?

Hat tip to Emily Babay.

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GAH: BuzzFeed launches new corrections policy, free style guide

How do you correct a listicle?

If you’re Shani Hilton, this is the kind of thing you have to think about. Her official title at BuzzFeed is deputy editor-in-chief, but internally she’s also known as Keeper of the Standards. She … Read more

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In Pennsylvania and Alaska, a publisher takes infringement to another level

Near the end of last year, a small publishing company made a big bet: it purchased a a group of 19 regional papers servicing remote areas of Alaska. The purchase included a printing plant, but the plan at Allen Total … Read more

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Announcing the release of the free Verification Handbook

A little over a year ago, I suggested to colleagues at Poynter that I write an e-book about verification.

It seemed to me an essential project, but also a reflection of the shift I’ve experienced in my focus for Regret … Read more

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The Daily Mail corrects a report that wrongly claimed a father was jailed for sending a happy birthday message to his son on Facebook:

An article on June 1 reported that a father had been jailed in a secret court hearing for breaching a court order by wishing his grown up son happy birthday on Facebook. We accept that although no press were present and there were no public listings of the hearing, it was not meant to be secret and the father was actually jailed for failing to abide by court orders requiring him to remove particular references to his children from the internet. We apologise for suggesting otherwise.

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Slate’s top error-spotter delivers another great correction

Back in 2007, Slate did a rare thing: it profiled a reader who was a prolific spotter of errors in Slate articles.

Jack Shafer, at the time Slate’s media critic, wrote a column that described regular reader RM “Auros” Harman Read more

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Haaretz corrects: Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig are not enemies

A correction in Israeli daily Haaretz notes that Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig are not, in fact, enemies:

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Bugs Bunny’s most notorious enemy is Porky Pig. While the two are … Read more

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Video, verification, value: Why News Corp’s purchase of Storyful deserves your attention

I first met Storyful CEO Mark Little at the 2011 ONA Conference in Boston. We headed off to find a quiet corner so I could hear more about what exactly a “social news agency” was.

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Britain’s Sun apologizes for calling politician on maternity leave ‘lazy’

One of the risks of publishing my annual list of the year in media errors and corrections before the exact end of the month is that I miss something worthy of mention. Well, it took less than 24 hours for … Read more

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