Regret the Error
Craig Silverman reports on trends and issues regarding media accuracy and the discipline of verification.Stories about errors, corrections, fact checking and verification
New York Times correction confuses male grooming and Charles Manson
Story badly mangled the subject of Morgan Spurlock's new film.
Why news orgs should make it easier for readers to distinguish staffers from contributors
Recent Forbes incident renewed attention to this issue.
Sorry Orson Welles, cuckoo clocks are German, Not Swiss
Humorous Guardian correction.
The Los Angeles Times 'got a bit carried away' with its Italian suffixes
Correction provides a primer on symphonic writing.
What's in a name? The Guardian gives us another geography lesson
A Guardian correction from August 12 demonstrates why you should be absolutely sure when you use Britain (for either the United Kingdom or the island) or England (for the country): Another common error cropped up when we used Britain instead of England: What we have loved, others will love (page 34, also from 10 August). Hen harriers do breed in …
Toronto Star shows it's never too late to make a correction
The Toronto Star reminded us on Monday of the importance of making corrections (and verifying statements) -- no matter how long it takes: An article in the Star’s Life section in August 2009 contained statements about the partner of Solomon Christiansen’s mother. The Star fell short of journalistic standards in not seeking verification of those statements before publishing them. The Star …
Why good copy editors are 'abnormal' humans
The best ones can switch off the error-prone processor perched atop their necks.
Canadian standards body requires TV network to correct errors on air
Broadcast corrections aren't that common.
Salon mistakes 2010 BBC story for something new
Salon has since updated the piece.
Washington Post corrects blog post based on Obama misquote
The president didn't say journalism is dead.
The Guardian corrects a correction
After the second try, it's right.
New York Times corrects widely-talked-about magazine story on Reddit
A much-talked-about New York Times Magazine story about Reddit results in a correction that's all about Twitter and BuzzFeed: An article on Sunday about a rumor that went viral in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing misstated the time that a reporter for BuzzFeed, Erik Malinowski, sent his first tweet about the takedown of the Facebook page dedicated …
New York Times corrects five errors in story about naval pilot
The New York Times has issued two corrections to fix five errors in a story about the first black aviator in the the U.S. Navy: July 31, 2013: An article on Tuesday about the visit of a former Navy pilot, Lt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., to North Korea to seek the remains of a fellow airman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, whom he …
Chicago Tribune apologizes, removes story containing 'major inaccuracies'
Source claimed to be a veteran who lost his sight in an explosion. Neither claim was true.
Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Independent & others published fake Jenny McCarthy quote
Attention journalists, Jenny McCarthy never said this: Let me see if I can put this in scientific terms: Think of autism like a fart, and vaccines are the finger you pull to make it happen. She's responsible for many objectionable and false claims about autism, but the above isn't one of them. It first appeared online as a joke photo …