Correcting After Publishing: Journalism

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We are human and we make mistakes. Journalists aren’t a special subset of humans that are all knowing and don’t make errors. They too are known for making mistakes.

David Broder, Washington Post columnists, was an inspiration for this particular blog. I read an online article from the Maryland Reporter and they talked about how every year he wrote a corrective column listing his errors from the year prior.

Historically, printing retractions must have been more difficult and changing stories once getting more updated information must have been challenging. But when articles are published in today’s society they are mostly published online. Yes, those publications can be saved, forever, but, it is easier to correct them with updated information. With places like Twitter and digital subscriptions you can delete part of the article, edit, and post with corrections. I think this is something we should keep emulating so we promote he honest journalist. It’s not always about getting the information out there the fastest, but it’s about getting the most accurate information out to the public as soon as possible.

http://marylandreporter.com/2011/03/11/blog-david-broders-practice-of-journalism-is-worth-emulating/

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2 thoughts on “Correcting After Publishing: Journalism

  1. alyssabrady April 16, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    I absolutely agree with you when you say that it is not important getting information out the fastest, but having the most accurate information. One of the first things I learned when I became a journalism major was that the field has completely changed. Journalists are now expected to get their information out faster than anyone else, which is almost impossible. When a journalist is rushing they are bound to make mistakes. My teacher always told us it is more important to make sure everything you have written is correct and accurate. Don’t worry about being the first one to get the article because if you are wrong it could damage your reputation.

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    • sdomingu1117 April 26, 2015 / 1:54 am

      I think honest journalism is an important practice worth emulating especially in today’s society. It does seem that making errors can be the easiest way to damage your reputation as a journalist or news source. Journalism is an ever changing field and with today’s digital era, it seems everyone wants to be the first one to release an article but accuracy should be the most important behavior for a journalist, rather than fame.

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