TITLE

Reliable News: Errors Aren't Part of the Equation

AUTHOR(S)
SILVERMAN, CRAIG
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2009, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on accuracy in journalism. Staff cutbacks at newspapers due to financial problems, particularly the layoffs of experience copy editors, have resulted in major increases in errors of fact published in stories such as incorrect dates and misspelled names. Research indicates inaccuracy poses it own financial threat through alienating readers. Computer tools such as spellcheck devices can actually lead to more errors through their complacent overuse by reporters and inherent programming flaws. Quality control measures used by other businesses and their possible applications to journalism are discussed.
ACCESSION #
37792616

 

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