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How an unfortunate typo went viral

In the Syracuse community today, we are reading a story about how a typo on a sign outside a local high school went viral on social media, starting with Facebook. Instead of “Martin,” the sign read “Martian” Luther King Day. The unfortunate misspelling caught the attention of someone passing by who snapped a photo with […]

The Dreaded ‘F’ and Why We Need It

In a story, a missing letter or transposed letters in a common noun is considered a typo. The same in a name is an ‘F’ for the story. That’s the mantra every summer in the Newswriting and Reporting class for incoming journalism master’s students at the Newhouse School. We just started Week 2 of classes. […]

Mistakes happen, but don’t repeat them

By now you might have seen this raw video from The Associated Press, showing the presidential limo getting stuck leaving the gates of the U.S. embassy in Dublin, Ireland. How could that happen, given the Secret Service’s advance planning? Because, as someone I know likes to say, “S— happens.” Sometimes, planning is just not enough. […]

Take Responsibility for Missed Deadlines

Even on the best of days, mistakes happen. When they do, the most important action you can take is to take responsibility. Step 1. Acknowledge the error Step 2. Inform the appropriate person Step 3. Understand why the mistake happened and how not to make it again Step 4. Follow the proper procedure for fixing […]

Multijob Journalists: More Edits a Must

If you want an idea of what editors go through when making deadline decisions on major stories, read Arthur Brisbane’s account. The New York Times public editor details what was happening in the Times newsroom on the day of the Tucson shootings and how it happened that the news organization reported on its website that […]

NYT Public Editor on Today’s Challenges

Lots to think about in today’s column by Arthur Brisbane, public editor at The New York Times. His column is about boundaries and the challenges he sees ahead for the news organization and its relationship with readers. Blending of opinion with news. As Brisbane states: In my experience, people value boundaries, rely on them and […]