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January 5, 2013

Seeing errors of our ways is important

(Continued)

If I was disappointed in our 2011 figure of 116 corrections, I’m less content that we ran 107 in 2012. Surely, we are making more errors than we’re correcting. We endeavor to account for all of them, but we need the help of our readers and sources for stories. If we mess up, please pick up the phone or email us and let us know.

Silverman, in his Poynter piece, also quoted this paragraph from my column last year.

“As for the 2011 corrections, I still don’t know why there were so few. Editors worry about things like that. Truth be known, we worry a lot … about everything.”

“Sounds like Pollak is a bit of the worrying type,” wrote Silverman, “which is a good thing.”

Too much of a good thing, including worrying, isn’t good. While we hope to cut down on mistakes, I’ll worry a lot less if we correct that low correction tally next year.

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at spollak@thedailystar.com or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.

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