Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Gaston, Gadsden, what's in a name?

But when get a basic fact of a murder story - where the suspect comes from -- incorrect in big display type, have the moxie to say we screwed up and correct it, as well as getting it right the next cycle.

Here's the latest example from the "your job is to separate out the homophones and know enough geography of your city to recognize that road doesn't go there" file.

Appearing in Saturday's edition of the local broadsheet and fishwrap was this screamer:

But on Sunday came this:




That last one may be a little small for you, but the deck says "Gadsden man." (Bluff Road, which is his address, goes nowhere near Gaston. In the map Bluff Road, where the suspect, lived is on the far right. Gaston is on the far left down U.S. 321 -- you might need to click on the photo to see a larger version.)

Gadsden is corrrect.

But no correction. I'm sorry, but that's not good enough. when you screw it up as badly as this, you need to do a formal correction. So far, haven't seen any.

The paper ran the correction on Tuesday. So let's see: Error in display type on Sautrday; correct information on Sunday; correction Tuesday? This is 2009. Why not just have said in Sunday's article "we got it wrong Saturday" and move on? Rapid transparency.

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3 Comments:

At 6/2/09, 10:30 AM, Blogger Davisull said...

Is there also a Gadsden in the circulation area? Only one I know of is in Alabama...

 
At 6/2/09, 10:30 AM, Blogger Davisull said...

Oh, I see now. There are both.

 
At 6/9/09, 11:25 AM, Anonymous e-book said...

good news....

 

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