Mistakes and missteps

Put your personal interests to the test

not teaching,still THINKING … Personal credibility is just as important as newsroom ethics because personal decisions can upend all the hard work that journalists put into their jobs every day. And those decisions are important to the audience, too. Consider the following scenarios. As a journalist, what would you do? As a news and information […]

Check. Recheck. Check again.

not teaching,still THINKING … One small change can make a big difference. As journalists, we want the difference to be a positive one. That’s why everyone needs an editor. The following examples of published errors are worth repeating. The mistakes range from transposed numbers to wrong information from a source. That’s how: Barrette appears as […]

Don’t blink! This reminder is a short one

not teaching,still THINKING … Two words that commonly get misused because they get misspelled are “your” and “you’re.” Before you get scared off by this grammar reminder, read this short post to see how simple it is to keep these words in their proper places. YOUR means “something that belongs to you.” Memory aid: We […]

Right your wrongs with transparency

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. An important thing to remember as journalists is that when errors occur, we must be transparent with our audience. The same is true when we update information in an already published story. There is a difference between correcting something that is outright wrong and updating a story as new […]

Turn on and stay on — all the time

not teaching,still THINKING … Spaghetti supper one night recently turned into a lesson relearned in how we need to be “on” all the time. The spaghetti saga starts with two cooks in the kitchen. Cook 1 boiled the water. Cook 2 added the pasta. Easy enough. But a simple meal took a nasty turn in […]

3 things to do when you make a mistake

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. But then what? To err might be human. But to err and then not take responsibility is unacceptable. Here are some tips for handling the delicate process of correcting a mistake. Be disciplined. Know the process at your news organization for handling an error — whether you made the […]