Articles about "Corrections and errors"

What’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made?

It’s Friday the 13th. There’s going to be a full moon. And (not really related,) yesterday, I made a big mistake. In quickly aggregating a story about the death of a photojournalist in Iraq, I wrote that the photographer worked for Time. He did not. Time was reporting on it. My editors and I fixed it quickly, tweeted corrections, added one to the story, and did all the things you’re supposed to do when you mess up.

I still felt awful, both about the news itself and my sloppy handling of it. Earlier this week, (this is eerily related,) along with a post about a newspaper that sent the dummy page to Newseum, Poynter asked our readers on Facebook about the worst mistake they’d ever signed off on.… Read more


It’s ‘nonsensical’ to shield editors from corrections, Star ombudsman says

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Toronto Star editor David Henderson inserted a mistake into a story by Bruce Campion-Smith, but the correction only acknowledged the error. “In this age of Twitter transparency does it make sense to withhold critical facts about who is responsible for mistakes?” Star Public Editor Kathy English writes.

It “was Campion-Smith who took flack” for the error on Twitter, English writes, but Star policy says “Publishing the Star is a team effort and published corrections do not ascribe blame within the Star.” English says she has “been on the fence in this debate between reporters and editors.” She continues: … Read more

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NYT corrects: Senator wore ‘herringbone, not houndstooth’

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wore a powder-blue blazer, a pink tie and sunglasses when he hung with Rupert Murdoch at the Kentucky Derby. A description of that blazer in Jason Horowitz’s New York Times story about their man date has been updated, and a correction appended:

An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly the type of suit worn by Mr. Paul. It was herringbone, not houndstooth.

Reached by email, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said the correction did not come from either party in the story, but from “an alert reader who commented online.” A moderator alerted the Times’ standards editor, spawning the correction. “We’re lucky at The Times to have very smart, engaged readers,” Murphy said. (Here’s the comment, which like the correction, Alex Seitz-Wald spotted.)

As it happens, Nicholas Morine has written about the differences between the two fabrics, and has some advice for accessorizing with them:

The rule of thumb when pairing clothes bearing a houndstooth pattern to other accessories and garments is to always stay very close to the base colours, or at the very least to pay attention to the accenting pinwheel colours.

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How ‘communicating imperfection’ can increase readers’ trust in journalists

After studying corrections from three newspapers in different parts of the world, Zohar Kampf and Efrat Daskal concluded that journalists don’t “understand the great ethical potential in corrections.”

That sometimes leads to corrections that are “incomprehensible, ambiguous texts, devoid of any significant content or meaning for the readers,” according to their paper, “Communicating Imperfection: The Ethical Principles of News Corrections,” which was published in the journal Communication Theory. Kampf is a professor and Daskal is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of communication and journalism at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In an email exchange, they identified the main barrier to effective correction for journalists and news organizations: a culture of shame around errors.

Newspapers shouldn’t be ashamed of errors or fear them, they said. “They are inevitable part of any human conduct, especially one that is restricted with deadlines.… Read more


Cleveland station falsely reports Browns owner’s indictment

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Cleveland’s WEWS-TV said Friday it had removed a false report from its website. The report said Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam — who is also majority owner of the Cleveland Browns — had been indicted. “An internal investigation is underway to determine how the erroneous report was posted,” the station says in a post.

Haslam “has never been charged in connection with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into fuel rebate fraud that came to light in April 2013 after the FBI and IRS raided the company’s corporate offices in Knoxville, Tenn.,” Evan MacDonald writes in The Plain Dealer.

“It’s possible has had a story regarding a Haslam indictment ready to go, and that someone accidentally published it,” Mike Florio writes.… Read more


Vox will add ‘cards’ to note corrections

Ezra Klein’s launched Sunday. He told Leslie Kaufman of The New York Times he left the Washington Post because “We were badly held back not just by the technology, but by the culture of journalism.”

Some people pounced Monday morning after a Vox “card” about Ukraine changed without apparent acknowledgement:

Reached by email, Klein said Vox cards “will be added as changes are made” to others.… Read more


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 corrected text, as Tom does here:

Ah, the strikethrough. As something of an old fogie blogger (since 2003 y’all!) I have an affinity for using strikethrough as a way to offer a quick correction.

The strikethrough is great because it’s an efficient and contextual way to show readers you messed something up, to be clear about what it was, and to also show where it happened.… Read more


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

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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


The Washington Post issued a correction after stripping Jesus of his title as founder of the Roman Catholic Church:

Articles on April 25 and 26 about Pope Benedict XVI said that St. Peter was the founder of the Roman Catholic Church. According to the church, Jesus was the founder.

Correction: This Post correction was originally published in 2005. It was my fault to not verify the date before publishing. I saw it tweeted this morning and should have done that before assuming it was recent. My apologies.

Hat tip to Dave Weigel

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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