Corrections and errors

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

Kansas City Star corrects: Toy car was 1967 Mustang, not 1968 Camaro

Kansas City Star When is a newspaper correction too trivial — or too old — to come across as anything but "goofy"? Kansas City Star public editor Derek Donovan riffed on the subject in a Sunday column after a reader called to laugh and asked him why a particular correction was necessary. The error: a photo running in a December story about vintage toys meant to illustrate a Hot Wheels 1968 Camaro was actually a 1967 Mustang. Read More

Lessons learned from a Twitter storm

Poynter is a school. We teach journalists new and better ways of informing the public. And so it makes sense that I would share what I’ve learned from the recent Twitter uproar over a column I wrote last week. First the background: Twitter user @steenfox started a powerful conversation last week when she asked her followers who had been sexually assaulted to share what they were wearing at the time they were attacked. After BuzzFeed posted this piece aggregating the responses from a few of the many women who responded, there was a discussion on Twitter questioning whether BuzzFeed violated the privacy expectations of the participants in the conversation. Read More

LAT fires investigative reporter after disclosure of 'inappropriate relationship' with source

Los Angeles Times | Associated Press The Los Angeles Times fired investigative reporter Jason Felch after he disclosed he had "engaged in an inappropriate relationship" with someone who was a source for a Dec. 7 story on Occidental College's handling of sexual assault allegations. Times Editor Davan Maharaj fired Felch on Friday. The Times noted: Maharaj said the inappropriate relationship with a source and the failure to disclose it earlier constituted "a professional lapse of the kind that no news organization can tolerate." Read More