TITLE

Confessing Errors in a Digital Age

AUTHOR(S)
MAIER, SCOTT R.
PUB. DATE
September 2009
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Fall2009, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p46
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers insights for journalists and news organizations on admitting errors in a digital age. The author conducted a cross-market examination of accuracy in U.S. newspapers and found that only about one in 10 news sources informed the newspapers of errors they have identified. According to author Craig Silverman, admitting inaccuracy is more essential in an online world than in print because it is virtually impossible to erase erroneous information posted on the Internet. Based on research, error rates are lessened when reporters take the time to recheck their work sentence by sentence and when reporters and editors are held accountable for mistakes when they occur.
ACCESSION #
44784547

 

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