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 […]

Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

The Shorenstein Center for Press and Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has some interesting speakers scheduled this month, including Seth Mnookin, who will discuss his book Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media on Tuesday, November 16, at 12 noon in the Kalb Seminar Room, […]

Jayson Blair in The Atlantic Monthly

Friday, April 16th, 2004

In the May 2004 Atlantic Monthly, Howell Raines, former New York Times executive editor, writes about Jayson Blair and what happened after his errors and fabrications came to light about a year ago. Excerpts of the article are available through the link above.

2 Academics Cause Errors in Newspapers

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

It can be enough work checking for plagiarism among a newspaper’s own staff. The subscribers-only Chronicle of Higher Education recently published articles about two academics who plagariazied pieces they wrote for newspapers. The president of Central Connecticut State University plagiarized portions of an opinion piece The Hartford Courant published. He recently announced his retirement in […]

Dallas Fort-Worth Star-Telegram Corrections Policy

Monday, March 29th, 2004

This article announces the Dallas Fort-Worth Star-Telegram’s efforts to monitor their staff’s writing for plagiarism and fabrication. “The Star-Telegram is responding, effective immediately, with a permanent fact-checking policy designed to help keep staffers alert to the dangers of plagiarism and fabrication. The policy also aims to assure readers that this newspaper’s constant goal is to […]

Archive of Jayson Blair’s Work

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

Jayson Blair is a former New York Times and Boston Globe reporter who lost his job because editors determined he plagiarized and fabricated some of his work. The New York Times has released some kind of archive of his work. Unfortunately, it crashes both of the browsers I use, so I can’t get to it […]

Linking Corrections on a News Web Site

Friday, March 12th, 2004

Bob Stepno has some thoughts about how news Web sites can improve informing their readers of corrections. He found several articles related to a journalism error that were not linked together. The initial article that started the reporting of the errors had no correction notes on it. He reports this particular lack of links seems […]

Jayson Blair Writes About His Banishment from the New York Times

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

LIS News reports that a book by Jayson Blair, the former New York Times and Boston Globe reporter who admitted plagiarizing and fabricating sources for some of his articles last year, should be published in early March. The book discusses his actions that led to him losing his job and the loss of an executive […]

BBC’s Director General & Chairman Resign Over Report of Errors

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

An inquiry into the BBC’s report that the British government exaggerated claims of Iraqi weapons found errors in the way the report was constructed and how the management handled the situation. Director General Greg Dyke and Chairman Gavyn Davies have resigned in the wake of the report. Addendum 1/30: Garrett sent me an article about […]

Editor Charles Lane Talks About Uncovering Fabrications in Journalism

Saturday, November 22nd, 2003

The radio show Fresh Air recently broadcast an interview with Charles Lane, a former editor of The New Republic, about uncovering fabrications in the work of writer Stephen Glass. It’s a fascinating look at what an editor goes through to investigate the allegations and decide how to react to them. The truthfulness of Glass’ work […]

When Print Doesn’t Translate to the Web

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

One of my blog readers forwarded me something he found strange: He read Folio Magazine’s October column “Small Magazines we adore” and couldn’t find the name of the magazine anywhere in the column. The initials are given in passing, but the magazine is never fully identified. He figures the print edition has an image of […]

One of the Best Journalism Errors I’ve Seen in a While

Friday, September 19th, 2003

This error is from the front page of this week’s Somerville Journal. It refers to one of last week’s front page stories, which was probably completely unworthy of the front page were it not for the connection the reporter made between one of the men who was arrested and a former school committee member and […]

The Problems of Journalists Quoting Journalists Quoting Journalists and Not Identifying Sources

Thursday, September 4th, 2003

Reading this piece by a once and future journalism professor about a recent New York Times error reminds me of an anecdote one of my reporter colleagues told me about a journalist trying to interview him about a famous scientist because he had interviewed him once and this other journalist couldn’t get in touch with […]

The New York Times Company Releases Newsroom Report (in .pdf)

Thursday, July 31st, 2003

This New York Times Company series of reports analyzes newsroom operations in light of Jayson Blair’s plagiarism and fabrication. Perhaps the most notable change is the addition of an ombudsman. They will also work harder to ensure that every employee gets an annual review. An outline of some of the changes is on page 4. […]

BBC/David Kelly/British Government Controversy on The Connection

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Today’s Connection, a 90.9 WBUR radio program broadcast nationally and over the Internet, will talk about the controversy surrounding whether the British government exaggerated Iraqi weapons reports that the BBC has been covering. It will also discuss David Kelly’s role in the matter. This segment of the show airs from10 to 11 am and may […]

BBC Hands Over Tape of David Kelly Interview

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Susan Watts, science editor of the BBC’s Newsnight, is now giving a tape of her interview with David Kelly to the judicial inquiry into Dr. Kelly’s death. A few days ago, the BBC revealed that Dr. Kelly, a scientist familiar with Iraq’s weapons, was the source for some of its reports that the British government […]

The BBC Reveals Source, Loses Credibility

Monday, July 21st, 2003

The BBC has had a rough few days. Over the weekend, a coroner decided that David Kelly, a British Iraqi arms specialist, committed suicide. Dr. Kelly had recently testified before the Commons foreign affairs select committee about whether the British government exaggerated claims about Iraq’s weapons in order to strengthen a case for war. The […]

The Future of Plagiarism and Journalism

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

C.W. Nevius of the San Francisco Chronicle has some interesting thoughts on what the Jayson Blair and Blair Hornstine plagiarism incidents mean for the future of research and writing. Nevius explores where the “cut-and-paste generation” got their start.

Verifying Obituaries

Friday, July 11th, 2003

Should publications verify information in obituaries before they print them? Harvard Magazine, the alumni magazine for Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, printed a correction in their latest edition for an obituary they printed two years ago because the person, Erik Humphrey Gordon, is not dead. According to […]

Sports editor fired for quoting “Caddyshack” character as real person

Monday, July 7th, 2003

Roswell Daily Record Sports Editor Gregory Jones was fired in June for using quotes from a character in “Caddyshack” and creating three paragraphs in an article about a golf tournament.

Quote of the week, aka more plagiarism in journalism

Friday, June 6th, 2003

Blair Hornstine, who has been in the news recently for filing a law suit against her high school because she wants to be the only valedictorian in her graduating class, seems to have plagiarized while writing for the New Jersey Courier-Post. Hornstine addresses her errors in her column on Tuesday. She writes: “I was incorrect […]

Anyone seen the finches?

Friday, May 30th, 2003

One of my readers, Paul, asked for an update on the finches, so I’m indulging his wish (just this once) and posting it for anyone else who might be remotely interested. I haven’t seen the pair that was nesting on my balcony at work since last Friday. I guess they found another spot over the […]

Race and Jayson Blair’s Fabrication and Plagiarism

Friday, May 30th, 2003

Neil Henry, a professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, has an interesting piece in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education about how a journalist’s race might effect his/her career after Jayson Blair, an African-American, admitted to plagiarizing and fabricating facts in articles he wrote for the New York Times over a […]

Former New York Times and Boston Globe Reporter Jayson Blair

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003

There’s an interesting discussion happening among news librarians concerning what to do with Jayson Blair’s articles in their archives. Jayson’s work is under investigation by the New York Times and Boston Globe because he seems to have invented people to interview for his work. Christopher Newton was caught this past fall making similar errors in […]

Reporters fired for National Enquirer article reveal sources

Saturday, May 3rd, 2003

Two Salt Lake City Tribune reporters were fired for working on a National Enquirer article last summer about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Now, they’re divulging their sources–something reporters usually don’t do–because of a lawsuit by the Smart family. The editor of the Tribune resigned this past week because of the scandal surrounding the Enquirer […]