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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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