A correction in a newspaper is usually the posting of the notice of a typographical error or mistake that appeared in a past issue of a newspaper. Usually, a correction notice appears in its own column. Newspapers usually have specific policies for readers to report factual errors. Usually, it involves the reader contacting an editor (either by phone or in-person visit), pointing out the mistake and providing the correct information. Sometimes, an editor or affected reporter will be asked to refer to a note or press release to determine how the mistake was made. A correction differs from a clarification, which clears up a statement that – while factually correct – may result in a misunderstanding or an unfair assumption. Most corrections are the result of reporting errors or typographical mistakes, although sometimes the newspaper was provided incorrect information.
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Examples Most newspaper errors are relatively minor, sometimes mere typos or atomic typos, and involve one of the following:
Names – Their name was misspelled, someone was misidentified (e.g., in a photograph), their professional title was incorrect ... the list goes on. Figures – Usually, the result of a typographical error, although it can adversely affect a story (e.g., "the lawsuit was for $8 million, not $8 billion"). Time/date/place – Usually, as for an event (e.g., "the event will be on Friday, not Saturday").
However, some corrections are the result of major mistakes or carelessness in reporting, and in extreme examples involve such things as completely incorrect facts, gross misquotes and extreme misrepresentations. Following are some examples: From The Guardian, 2004:
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From the New York Daily News, 2009:
Correction: It has come to the attention of the Daily News that a
number of statements in this article written for the Daily News by a
freelance reporter are, or may be, false.
From the New York Times, 2010:
Correction: It has come to the attention of the Times that Frank Rich did not mean to write "the news eked out" but rather "the news leaked out" in his July 30, 2010 column.
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Amster, Linda, and Dylan Loeb McClain. Kill duck before serving: red faces at The New York Times: a collection of the newspaper's most interesting, embarrassing, and off-beat corrections. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2002. ISBN 0-312-28427-6. Silverman, Craig. Regret the error: how media mistakes pollute the press and imperil free speech. New York: Union Square Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4027-5153-0.
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Kinsley, Michael. The shaky war on errorism. Washington Post, 4 September 2009. Lo Dico, Joy. Why, in the world of newspapers, sorry seems to be the largest word. The Independent, 23 March 2008. Lyall, Sarah. Confession as strength at a British newspaper. New York Times, 16 Fe