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 […]

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 […]

Wash, rinse, don’t repeat

not teaching, still THINKING … An embarrassingly number of times, the following has happened to me: Go to washing machine, set all of the dials, start water, open lid — only to find not an empty washer, but instead a washer full of clean clothes, already washed, rinsed and spun. And now those clothes are […]

Instant recall is a tricky undertaking

In a visual exercise the other day to demonstrate how editors must be mindful of a variety of issues in a story, I donned two different earrings (usually, I wear none); a pin with three snowmen (it’s September); my jacket backward (on only one arm) and a sock (on my other arm). When students returned […]