Tag Archives: corrections

Hexing Tax Collectors

Hexing tax collectors: Sydney Smith offers a roundup of recent media corrections.

Historical facts, names and numbers trip journalists, including Romanian witches.

“Stories aren’t the only content that needs editing,” writes Smith. “Case in point, an NPR graphic on the midterm elections had numerous errors.”

 

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Making Transparency Clear

Making transparency clear: Andrew Seaman explains how “transparency” grew as a recognized concept in journalism.

Journalism was largely opaque until the invention and widespread use of the internet, he writes.

“News organizations can no longer stubbornly refuse to issue corrections or other clarifications without pushback,” he writes. “Journalists and news organizations are — in many ways — completely exposed to the public.”

 

Deciding on Corrections or Clarifications

Correcting “significant errors:” The Guardian’s readers’ editor tells how he decides if an error needs a correction or clarification, using six criteria.

“Seriousness of any potential harm” tops the list, followed by “consequences if item misunderstood.”

“Human frailty plays its part,” writes the editor. “People can mishear, misunderstand, misread, mistype and overlook. People cut corners and sometimes crash.”