Archive for the 'Journalism Errors' Category

The Importance of Knowing Whom You’re Interviewing

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Imagine this scenario: You go to a television station for a job interview. Someone walks into a room and calls your name. You follow. The next thing you know, you’re being interviewed on live television about a topic tangential to your specialty. You start thinking it might be a mistake, especially when you realize the […]

Reporting the Mine Tragedy

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

There’s been a lot of talk about the reporting of the Sago, West Virginia, mine tragedy. On Monday, an explosion trapped some miners. Rescue efforts began. Tuesday night, I saw a brief piece on the 11 pm news claiming the miners were still trapped. Wednesday’s morning paper carried a story saying the miners were supposedly […]

Marketplace Apologizes for Content from Slate

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

A apologetic note on the front page of the Web site for the public radio show Marketplace indicates content from a June 13 broadcast came uncited from Slate magazine. Marketplace said they are conducting an internal review to prevent the plagiarism from happening again.

Some Journalism Errors have Serious Repercussions

Monday, May 16th, 2005

The Chicago Tribune reports on an erroneous Newsweek article about Guantanamo Bay interogators desecrating the Koran. The article may have inspired violent protests in Afghanistan that resulted in some deaths. The US government is asking for a retraction. Newsweek explains their perspective and covers the situation. (I feel like Sooz here: the May 9 Periscope […]

Rosenberg: Problems w/ Journalism & Journalism Errors

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

JSL sent me this link to Scott Rosenberg’s piece No reader is an island. Near the middle of the piece reviewing some problems with the media, Rosenberg discusses errors–a subject Newslib has been buzzing about lately–and how easy it is to make errors and what journalists and news organizations can do to correct them. He […]

Some people think I’m keeping them honest.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Bwah ha ha ha! I just report what’s out there. I don’t find errors myself … often.

Update on Supposed Errors in Delio’s Work

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Hiawatha Bray of The Boston Globe and the Associated Press’ Ken Maguire update us about the vetting of Michelle Delio’s work in several publications, including MIT’s Technology Review. Her work came under criticism after Technology Review staff discovered a source she used had misrepresented himself to her. Bray tells us what other publications for which […]

The Boston Globe Releaes Freelancer for Fabrication

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

The Boston Herald reports details about its rival The Boston Globe letting a freelance writer go after learning she fabricated part of an article about culling seals in Canada. The Globe informed readers through a brief note in Friday’s For the record section on page A2. Barbara Stewart reported the event as an eyewitness. A […]

Journalist in Trouble over Lies from a Source

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

Michelle Delio, a freelancer who has written for Technology Review and Wired News, is facing a review because of using a source who misrepresented himself to her.

Blog Tracks Journalism Errors

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Regret The Error tracks errors in North American media and errors involving the media, as well. A number of recent posts give examples of how political candidates misuse news quotes in their campaign materials. The links on the right navbar go to online corrections for many news outlets, ombudspeople, and sources about journalism. noticed on […]