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Half of News Websites don’t Note Corrections

Posted on March 5 2010 8:00 am
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by Ed Morrissey

The next time bloggers hear that they don’t have standards up to par with the mainstream American media, this study by Columbia Journalism Review will come in handy. Bloggers have a practice that has become an industry standard to note corrections and changes to posts, especially substantive changes in facts or conclusions. CJR’s survey of print magazines with websites reveals that almost half of them don’t bother:

The new CJR survey on the practices of magazine Web sites (read it here!) contains lots of interesting information, but one of the most striking nuggets relates to online correction policies. According to the survey, forty-six percent of the magazines at which a print editor is in charge of online content reported that “major errors” are corrected with no notice to readers. For sites where a Web editor makes online content decisions, the figure (54 percent) is even higher.

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