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Obama Osama bin Laden Is Dead”

The Osama/Obama error is an international phenomenon

Of all the mistaken headlines, verbal gaffes, and erroneous tweets that resulted from the Sunday announcement that Osama Bin Laden... More

The Guardian’s Big Hacking-Scandal Error

Failing to attribute its deleted-messages assertion left it open to attack

When The Guardian dropped its Milly Dowler bombshell back in July, I called the News Corporation hacking it reported "abhorrent... More

A Wall Street Journal Error Undermines a Story’s Premise

But even after a correction, its readers almost surely don’t know that

Here's a good example of how corrections can fail to fix misimpressions created by the original error. In this case,... More

A Columnist Recants, but the WSJ Edit Page Won’t Hear it

The paper runs a flawed column and declines to publish the retraction

A year and a half ago, George Mason University economics professor Daniel B. Klein wrote a column about his finding... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

A Sports Myth Grows in Brooklyn

New basketball arena won’t occupy the site the Dodgers sought

Journalists who write about the new basketball arena rising in Brooklyn, scheduled to house the basketball Nets in 2012, frequently... More

A Victim’s Tale

What it’s like to be on the receiving end of a press error

Last week was a terrible one for Jon Harris, a librarian at the North Canton Public Library in Ohio. On... More

And on the Fender Bass, President Abraham Lincoln!

A humorous correction earns AAA World some praise

It wasn’t too long after the July/August issue of the mid-Atlantic edition of AAA World magazine reached subscribers that Mike... More

Apparently, Global News Orgs Don’t Commit Online Errors

Is that why so many of them lack coherent corrections policies?

Far too many modern news organizations do not have public corrections policies or prominent corrections pages, something that has been... More

Audit Notes: Blame the Lenders, Government Scandals, Corrections

Abigail Caplovitz Field at Firedoglake writes a good post explaining why the blame-the-borrowers meme is ultimately misguided—and dangerous: Houses are... More

Errors in Anytown, U.S.A.

Academic brings an anonymous newsroom’s corrections practices to light

Last spring, Kirstie Hettinga spent several months working two days a week as an unpaid intern at what she will... More

From Breaking News to Baseless Speculation

Why journalists jumped to conclusions about the Norway attacks

Why do journalists and news organizations exhibit such a lack of restraint when it comes to breaking news like last... More

How Do Journos Find Time to Fight Corrections?

Instead of arguing over factual errors, fix them and move on

On November 8, I received a call in my office from a frustrated online editor at The Bangor Daily News,... More

Introducing the Grantland Corrections Desk

Deadspin picks up Bill Simmons’s slack

“Without looking it up, I can tell you the night the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series —... 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

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Must-reads of the week

Geezer parents, poisoned beef, Harvard ballers, Occupy grief

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

Q & A: Stephen Abell

Talking with the director of the U.K.’s Press Complaints Commission

In late December, British tabloid The Sun published a correction to a sensational story it had writ large on the... More

RTE’s Error of the Year

And other highlights from the year in corrections, retractions, and apologia

It’s been a very stressful couple of weeks. Every year at this time, I publish the Year in Media Errors... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

The Case for the Corrections Page

Why news organizations should follow the Times’s example

A website redesign is a major event for a news organization. Reuters recently unveiled a new website, and it occasioned... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.