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The Year in Errata

The good and bad of the year in media errors and corrections

About a month ago, I began the laborious and depressing task of scouring the archives of Regret the Error to... More

Death by Obiticide

When sloppy journalism kills

I have some bad news to pass along this week: two people were killed as a result of sloppy journalism.... More

Scrubbing Away Their Sins

You can’t disappear your errors online

We used to be able to throw out the news; to disappear it. The morning paper would find its way... More

Everything Old Is New Again

The week in corrections

Just over two months ago, shares of UAL, the parent company of United Airlines, fell by as much as 76... More

The Art of the Fake Correction

Inside the hoax New York Times’s corrections section

The groups responsible for this week’s fake edition of The New York Times took great care to produce a newspaper... More

Apologies Not Acceptable

Does The Washington Post apologize?

The Washington Post’s correction policy has some elegant turns of phrase, including “Preventing and correcting mistakes are two sides of... More

Weapons of Mass Reduction

Corrections as weapons

In its most basic and useful form, a correction fixes erroneous reporting and provides a public admission for an error.... More

A Treasury of Page Six Corrections

The week in newspaper corrections

Gossip is a cutthroat business. It’s also an error-prone one. Mistakes are inevitable when you trade in rumors and rely... More

Ils Regretteront L’Erreur

Front page apologies flower in Europe

Le Monde, a highly respected French newspaper, committed an error so egregious on Wednesday that its editors believed the only... More

The Case of the Comical Cleric

Apologies for deeds done while off the clock

Reverend Peter Mullen holds the rather unique position of chaplain to the London Stock Exchange. As if that’s not keeping... More

The Case Of The Naughty Wristband

The week in corrections

Starting this week, Craig Silverman, the editor of media errors and corrections Web site RegretTheError.com, will provide a Friday roundup... More

The Truth about Public Untruths

Are journalists and others equipped to beat back the lies?

What’s to be done with lying liars and the lies they tell journalists and the public? This is a topic... More

Know Your Journalists

New transparency website compiles personal data on reporters

In 2006 Adrian Holovaty, then a programmer and journalist of some reputation, wrote a blog post entitled, “A fundamental way... More

Some Thoughts on the Romenesko Affair

Examining the critical consensus

I have no other option than to start this column about Jim Romenesko with a litany of disclosures. Deep breath,... More

Misinformation Propagation

Scientists work to combat false memes

Growing up in Rome, Filippo Menczer used to watch the local con artists offer gullible tourists a chance to buy... More

The Story of the Gaddafi Story

How news of the Libyan leader’s demise spread on Twitter

Earlier this morning news began to spread that something major was happening in Libya. At first it seemed that a... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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