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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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