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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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