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The Great Typo Hunt

Two friends, one summer, 400 error-ridden signs

It’s undoubtedly a small subset of people who could be described as “grammar vigilantes,” and it’s an even smaller slice... More

Retraction Action

Oransky and Marcus keep tabs on retracted scientific papers

Late last month, the editors of The Lancet Oncology published an “expression of concern” regarding a paper published in 2007.... More

How WikiLeaks Outsourced the Burden of Verification

To the Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel

Julian Assange is upset with The New York Times for talking with the White House about WikiLeaks’s trove of Afghanistan... More

A Front-and-Center Corrections Policy

TBD.com launches its policy before launching site

Prior to publishing the first and, as it would turn out, only edition of his 1690 newspaper, Publick Occurrences, Both... More

Canadian Media in Crisis

Reporters and citizens struggle with aftermath of G20 Summit

Though it seemed to register barely a ripple outside of the host country, the G20 Summit held three weeks ago... More

Regret the Error’s Summer Reading List

Beach reading for the corrections hound

This is the time of year when people and publications offer their picks of the best books for summer reading.... More

Radical Transparency at Daily Kos

Blog owns up to inaccurate polling

In 2007, Wired published an issue that focused on the emergence of “radical transparency” in business. “Get Naked and Rule... More

A Conversation with Andrew Alexander

The Washington Post ombudsman on the paper’s corrections process

Sooner or later, any news ombudsman or public editor will end up addressing the issues of accuracy, errors, and corrections.... More

And That’s Not the Way It Is

W. Joseph Campbell busts some persistent media myths

Journalism is a profession built on storytelling, so it’s no surprise that its history is filled with some remarkable tales.... More

Report the Error

Scott Rosenberg’s quest for a universal corrections button

Many of the corrections that appear in the press are notable thanks to the significance or amusing nature of the... More

Toxic Twins

When words are similar in spelling but very different in meaning

Utter the phrase “toxic twins” and most people immediately think of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. (Just ask... More

Polygraphs and Private Eyes

Inside the National Enquirer’s elaborate fact-checking process

Prior to returning my call, Barry Levine was on the phone with one of his reporters, discussing a source they... More

Facts and Fiction

A small literary magazine lists all of its mistakes—ever

Taddle Creek is a small literary magazine with big accuracy ambitions. Back in 2007, the twice-a-year Canadian publication with a... More

Correction as Weapon: Self-Inflicted Wounds

Was this week’s most profane correction targeted at a news site, or its subject?

Can you tell what’s going on in this 2001 correction/apology published by the Ottawa Citizen? The Ottawa Citizen and Southam... More

The End of Accuracy?

In a world of information abundance, fact-checking might be more important than ever

Is accuracy an outdated value? That's not normally a question I'd pose, but it was raised in a recent opinion... 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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