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Online vs. Print Corrections

by on October 17, 2013

I’m still fascinated by the idea of a Public Editor. It’s really interesting to learn about the decisions editors and other members of the press go through, to see the decision-making processes we talk about in class enacted in real life. Beyond helping out journalism students, it is useful for the public to see that their source of information is being upfront and transparent about how they function. This article, by the New York Times’ Margaret Sullivan, examines the issue of correcting errors and how that process differs in print and online. It poses a lot of interesting questions, new to media because of the fast-paced, easily editable nature of online journalism: How do you think that corrections should be made online? Should they correct errors in text, or post them at the bottom of stories? And how can the Times deal with errors in fast-paced, constantly evolving breaking news?

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