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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

Accuracy and Crisis

Were early, erroneous reports of Giffords’s death preventable?

“Initial reporting on the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat from Arizona’s Eighth District, was riddled with the kind... 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

Eight Simple Rules for Doing Accurate Journalism

Some new, some old, some wonderfully clichéd

It’s a cliché to say clichés exist for a reason. As journalists, we’re supposed to avoid them like the, um,... 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

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

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

The Trouble with ICorrect

New “reputation management” site should examine its own standards

Sir David Tang, who launched the luxury retailer Shanghai Tang and has a golden rolodex when it comes to socialites... 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

Unknown Quantities

How social network verification can show us what we don’t know

We don’t know. Those are three difficult words for a journalist to say. For many, it's an admission of failure.... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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