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Correction: Atlanta may only lose a quarter of its trees today

But that’s still a lot of trees.

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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 as “A walking, talking, error-correction algorithm ….”

“Auros is easily one of the most prolific ‘gotcha’ artists currently submitting corrections to the magazine,” Shafer wrote.

Almost seven years later, Harman is still practising his art, and Slate is still giving him his due.

This gem was appended today to a story by  (headline: “Are Hobbits Human?”):

Correction, Jan. 2, 2014: The caption for this story originally stated that Arwen and Aragorn are half-elf and half-human. Aragorn is three-fourths human and one-fourth elf. Arwen is 3/16 human, 25/32 elf, and 1/32 Maia.

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Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen speaks during a Court TV panel discussion debating the use of confidential sources in journalism on Aug. 16, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Richard Cohen will keep writing ‘until Gawker sends over a hit man’

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I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage,” Richard Cohen told Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi. Cohen was talking about the rage, outrage and disgust that greeted his column about Chris Christie and the tea party, which included this riff about interracial marriage:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America.

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60 Minutes apologizes for botched Benghazi report: A timeline

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Friday morning, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a report on Benghazi marred by conflicting stories from the show’s key source, contractor Dylan Davies.

Until Friday morning, Logan and CBS have stood by their reporting.

“The most important thing to every person at ’60 Minutes’ is the truth,” Logan said on “CBS This Morning.” “And today, the truth is that we made a mistake.”

That mistake first aired on “60 Minutes” October 27. It centered on the account of “Morgan Jones.” Here’s what’s happened since.… Read more

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Slate debuts new design that makes stories more prominent than logo

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A redesigned Slate debuted Monday morning. The publication had outgrown its old site, Editor David Plotz writes: “We publish three times as many stories as we did five years ago. Where we once had a handful of blogs, we now have 19.”

The new site is responsive, to look better on mobile devices, and it allows multiple homepage layouts, Plotz writes. The site’s homepage editor can now “sculpt” the page “to capture the kind of news day we’re having, whether that means featuring a blaring headline, a poignant image, or a powerful quotation,” senior product manager David Stern says in another piece.

Slate’s homepage Monday morning.
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Slate will no longer call Washington football team ‘Redskins’

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Here’s a quick thought experiment,” Slate Editor David Plotz writes. “Would any team, naming itself today, choose ‘Redskins’ or adopt the team’s Indian-head logo? Of course it wouldn’t.”

The team’s nickname is “not an open-and-shut outrage like the still-used nickname ‘Savages,’” Plotz writes, but “it’s extremely tacky and dated—like an old aunt who still talks about ‘colored people’ or limps her wrist to suggest someone’s gay.”

To be clear, though we’re striking the word from our vocabulary, we will not bowdlerize quotes—if a public official utters the nickname in a newsworthy speech, we will not strike the word Redskins.

As Plotz points out, other media outlets shun the name. The Washington City Paper — where I used to work and which Redskins owner Dan Snyder once sued over an article he hadn’t read — announced last October it would call the team the “Pigskins.” DCist gave it up in February.… Read more

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Journalists declare war…on ellipses

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The job description of the ellipsis has changed, Matthew J.X. Malady writes. His emails, his text messages…full of three-point shots. Clay Shirky hypothesizes to him that “people are trying to use alphabets like we’re talking, and it’s … hard. So we reach for the ellipsis.”

Awl Editor Choire Sicha tells Malady he’s defeated his own overuse of ellipses, retraining himself to “send emails in complete sentences, with proper punctuation, like an adult person.”

At The Washington Post, using fewer ellipses is now an institutional imperative, judging by a July 17 memo from Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and Multiplatform Editor Jesse Lewis. “We’ve noticed an overuse of the ellipsis recently,” they write.… Read more

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Slate has important information for anyone using its Carlos Danger Name Generator:

An earlier version of the Carlos Danger Name Generator suggested incorrectly that the Carlos Danger Name for Anthony Weiner is Armando Catastrophe. The Carlos Danger Name for Anthony Weiner is Carlos Danger.

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How Slate doubled Facebook referrals in less than a year

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A case study on Facebook’s new media portal looks at Slate’s rocketing Facebook traffic over the past year. Psychology explains some of the rise: “Slate’s stories frequently have provocative, attention grabbing headlines,” Facebook notes. But publishers without Slate’s gift for those can benefit from some of the other tips in the study:

It puts “share” and “like” buttons in a couple of places: One up by the headline, another at the foot.

The share dialog prompts a user to add a comment to the article, creating a strong signal back to Facebook. Slate.com story pages have both Share and Like buttons prominently visible, so readers can choose how they want to post the story to Facebook.

It makes calls to action: “The descriptive comments from Slate editors often directly solicit feedback from followers.”… Read more

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Slate article about ‘Girls’ ‘misspelled basically everyone’s name’

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A Slate correction that ran over the weekend is a good reminder to double-check the spelling of names. The correction, at the bottom of a Troy Patterson story about the TV show “Girls”‘ second season, reads:

This review misspelled basically everyone’s name. It’s Hannah Horvath, not Hannah Hovrath; Marnie is played by Allison Williams, not Alison Williams; and Ray is played by Alex Karpovsky, not Zosia Mamet.

News Editor Chad Lorenz, who oversees the site’s corrections, said via email that the person who edited the story “chose to post that piece himself without filing it to the copy desk, so that probably led to more errors than usual.”… Read more

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