While recently looking for a blog topic, I noticed on the bottom of both The Wall Street Journal and The New York times websites, a place to see corrections made to the news of both those sources. When I browsed the corrections, I was surprised at what was corrected.
First, I looked at the corrections for WSJ for October 8th and 9th. WSJ’s title was Corrections and Amplifications . Both days were less than a half-page each and reported the following:
Oct. 8, 2014 11:05 p.m. ET
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke in September at the University of Minnesota Law School about appeals court decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans. A Page One article Tuesday on the Supreme Court’s decision not to intervene in those rulings incorrectly referred to gay-sex marriage bans.
Camden Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard talked to students on their way to class at Mastery Charter Schools’ North Camden Elementary in a photo on Monday. The photo caption incorrectly said the students were on their way to class at Pyne Poynt Family School.
Dancers from Sara Mearns & Company, who will perform at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, were incorrectly identified in a photo caption as being from Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, another group performing in the festival, in an Arts and Entertainment article on Tuesday.
Pat Gillick was the general manager of World Series winners in both the American and National Leagues. A book review (“Conductor of the Mets Opera,” Oct. 4) mistakenly said that Frank Cashen and John Schuerholz are the only general managers to have accomplished this feat.
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and the 9th:
Oct. 9, 2014 11:27 p.m. ET
The second reference to Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is Mr. Li. In some editions Wednesday, a Marketplace article about startup companies that replicate animal-based foods with plant matter incorrectly referred to him as Mr. Ka-Shing.
The Golden Beach, Fla., home bought in late September by construction executive Ronald Tutor has seven full bathrooms and two half-baths, according to Scott Hochberg, who represented his father, videogame developer Joel Hochberg, in the sale of the home and is with Keller Williams Realty in Fort Lauderdale. A Mansion article on Friday incorrectly gave the number of full bathrooms as eight.
Guggenheim Baseball Management owns the Los Angeles Dodgers. An article about the Brooklyn Nets on Friday incorrectly said the name of the owner group was Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment Assets.
Rep. Henry Waxman ’s district in California closely neighbors Toyota’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance. An Opinion column on Wednesday mistakenly characterized the district’s location
Both of these days are short and to the point, addressing issues of referring to the wrong person in an article, a misquote on the number of bathrooms in a home, a mistaken location, a wrong school, and a wrong location.
On the other hand, the New York Times seems to make a bigger deal out of making corrections. It reports mistakes and corrections from each section of the paper–International, business, sports, etc. A typical day of reporting corrections for NYT looks like this:
Because of an editing error, a picture caption on Monday with an article about the hopes and fears among Tibetans and Uighurs, ethnic minorities in China’s far west, over Beijing’s response to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong described incorrectly Xinjiang, the traditional Uighur homeland. It is a region, not a province.
The Common Sense column on Wednesday, about college aid for lower-income students, misspelled the middle name of a researcher who looked into for-profit colleges. She is Stephanie Riegg Cellini (not Rieg).
An article on Tuesday about Emmanuel Macron, the new economy minister of France, referred incorrectly to the period during which his wife had been his teacher. It was in high school, not first grade. (In French, “Premiere,” or first grade, refers to high school.)
An article in some editions on Wednesday about a free viewing area at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park misstated one of the years the Giants won the World Series. Besides 2012, they also won in 2010 — but not in 2014 (not yet anyway).
Because of an editing error, a Sports of The Times column in some editions on Tuesday about the Washington Nationals’ victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of their National League division series misidentified the team for which catcher Wilson Ramos plays. It is the Nationals, not the Giants. And also because of an editing error, a picture caption misidentified, in some copies, the Giants player shown. The photograph was of third baseman Pablo Sandoval trying to catch pitcher Madison Bumgarner’s errant throw — not of Bumgarner making the throw.
Because of an editing error, an article in some editions on Wednesday about the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of their National League division series misidentified the Washington pitcher whose wild pitch in the seventh inning led to the Giants’ 3-2 lead. As the article initially noted, he is Aaron Barrett — not Matt Thornton, who was replaced by Barrett.
A headline for a report in the Sports Briefing column in some editions on Saturday about a preseason game between the Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks misidentified the winner. As The Associated Press report correctly noted, the Rangers won — not the Blackhawks.
Because of an editing error, an Associated Press report in the Sports Briefing column on Friday about soccer matches in the Europa League tournament misspelled the name of the team that held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw. It is Besiktas, not Beisktas. The error was repeated in the headline.
Because of an editing error, a dance review on Wednesday about Pacific Northwest Ballet, at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, misstated the timing of the company’s farewell performances of Kent Stowell’s “Nutcracker.” They will be this season; they were not last season. The review also misstated the year the company will start performing George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker.” It is next year, not this Christmas.
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A film review on Friday about the Bollywood action romance “Bang Bang!” misidentified the movie in which Pierce Brosnan has an “over the top” surfing scene in citing examples of the kind of “cartoonish excesses” found in “Bang Bang!” It is “Die Another Day,” not “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
The majority of the corrections seem small and trivial and at first glance, hardly worth the time to print them, but an even hand in giving equal care and access to these corrections is an important factor in keeping the press in check. The press is responsible for reporting news to keep the country in check of itself and it is logical for them to keep check of their own establishment.
No matter how trivial much of this seems, I like to see corrections in journalism. With social media, the desire for one source to one-up another source is very tempting. I rarely see corrections admitted in many blogs. Usually, the bloggers simply make changes without the admission of error. Is that right or wrong?
Should bloggers ethically hold themselves to the same standards? I think all forms of journalism should have the same high standards that citizens expect in order for the citizens to remain knowledgeable of the news.