MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA are not perfect. We make mistakes all the time.
There is no acceptable excuse.
Craig Silverman, the blogger behind Regret the Error, reports, "Overall, the research suggests that between 40 and 60 percent of newspaper news stories have some type of error, be it factual or something of a more subjective nature. So that's the frequency. But here's the other part of the equation: Research from Maier published this year found that only 2 percent of factual errors were corrected."
A recent correction posted on his blog comes courtesy of Slate.com:
Dana Stevens originally and incorrectly identified Stephen Glass (pictured above) as a plagiarist. The former journalist fabricated stories; he did not copy the work of others.
How should journalists handle such frequent errors? Do corrections in print, on air or on-line make up for incorrect statements that are previously made public?
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