Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech by Craig Silverman

Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech

byCraig Silverman

Kobo ebook | October 23, 2007

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We Regret the Error. It's a phrase that appears daily in newspapers — the standard admission that something has gone terribly wrong in the reporting, editing, or printing of an article. This brief notice is generally accompanied by an equally terse correction. But Craig Silverman – editor of, one of the Internet's most popular media-related Web sites — goes beyond the stale boilerplate to ask key questions that concern everyone who follows the news, both print and broadcast: What is the wellspring of this flood of errors? What can be done to minimize mistakes? Does this culture of error degrade our media-driven society? The resulting answers make for a lively journey through the history of media mistakes, punctuated with a collection of funny, shocking, and often disturbing journalistic slip-ups. The errors are often hilarious, while others are calamitous and even tragic.By pinpointing numerous categories of error (including “Fuzzy Numbers” — when numbers and math undermine reporting; “Obiticide” – printing the obituary of a living person; and “Unidentified Consequences” — typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality), Silverman shines a bright light on the media's carelessness. Conceding that errors are often inadvertent, the author finds nonetheless that they are occasionally rooted in serious ethical lapses. He chronicles the decline of fact-checking at magazines and the simultaneous rise of fact-checking readers and interest groups, and voices a rousing call to arms for all news organizations to mend their ways and reclaim the role of the press as the honest voice of the people.Regret the Error is a book for anyone who follows the news, and for everyone who insists that our free speech be safeguarded by a vigilant press.

Title:Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free SpeechFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014318699X

ISBN - 13:9780143186991

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading I read this from the perspective of a journalist looking to hone her craft, but I think writers and readers alike should read this book. Errors abound, but the real problem is how comfortable we've become with their presence.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not just for journalists... Have you recently made an error and regretted it? I just did. Take a look at how I spelled "mourning." It should be morning (although this could be a play on words for you!) This normally wouldn't be picked up by spell-check and you would probably wonder why this wasn't picked up by me either. This week's podcast is with Craig Silverman, journalist and author of Regret the Error. We have all made mistakes. Some are small, such as the spelling mistake that that I used in my example. Other mistakes, such as choosing the wrong role, or a misunderstanding with your boss, could have a much greater impact on your professional life. Craig shared "You will make mistakes in your life - it is important to understand the root cause. Your recovery from them is the key." In our interview, Craig also shared some really great advice to help you with the "recovery" phase. This week, see your mistakes as opportunities to improve, rather than as reasons to feel bad.
Date published: 2009-09-13