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Don’t Need to Wait, Get the Record Straight

WaPo’s Public Enemy correction brings the noise on Twitter

Call it the correction that launched a thousand tweets. Over the years, many errors and corrections have spidered their way... More

Archival Research

New study finds there’s no clear standard for updating or maintaining online news archives

Of all the requests she’s received to erase information contained in online articles, Kathy English, the public editor of the... More

Sorry, Wrong Number

It’s not OK for journalists to be bad at math

Every year, Scott Maier, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, asks his students to raise their... More

A Microformat with Major Implications

A vision of automated correction notifications and more

Imagine this: you visit one of your favorite news sites and the homepage displays a notification that an article you... More

Truth or Consequences

“We need more journalists who will bleed over their mistakes”

Henry Allen should not have punched Washington Post colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face in the newsroom last week. That’s... More

Learning from Our Mistakes

Journalists must embrace their errors in order to avoid them in the future

They were guaranteed to fail. Participants in a psychological study were asked trivia questions and told to offer their best... More

Speed Demons

Press-conference pranksters reopen the “speed vs. accuracy” debate

The scene that unfolded in the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. earlier this... More

Meet the Tilburg Checkers

Dutch journalism students help keep local media in check

If all goes as planned, sometime today a journalism student in Tilburg, Netherlands will walk into the offices of de... More

The New Great American Pastime

It’s fact checking

Fact checking, along with its kissing cousin “calling bullshit,” is becoming one of the great American pastimes of the Internet... More

Code Talking

A new way to float corrections down the river of news

I’m a man of modest dreams. I’d like to see the Montreal Canadiens win another Stanley Cup as soon as... More

Hed Injuries

Sometimes it’s copy editors who have the last gaffe

I don’t write the headlines. It’s a line every print journalist will say at least once during his or her... More

“A Big Chance to Win Back the Public’s Faith”

MediaBugs’s Scott Rosenberg on error-correction in the digital age

Earlier this summer, Scott Rosenberg, co-founder of Salon.com and author of the new book Say Everything, received word that he... More

Michael Kinsley, Correctionaholic

Don’t believe a word of Kinsley’s recent WaPo column

Don’t believe a word of Michael Kinsley’s recent column for the Washington Post. The man would have you assume that... More

Spoiling the Broth

When recipes get it wrong

Around this time last year, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson was tucking into a big piece of humble pie. Worrall... More

Lost in Translation

When the ‘schlong’ word is the wrong word

It was a perfect silly season story, an article tailor made for the dog days of August. Tuesday morning broke... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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