Review: ‘Regret the Error’

Journalists make mistakes. This is no revelation, but Craig Silverman -- founder and editor of media website RegretTheError.com -- is concerned with an unhealthy culture in today's newsrooms of covering up errors instead of a more transparent approach to preventing and displaying corrections.

Journalists make mistakes. This is no revelation, but Craig Silverman — founder and editor of media website RegretTheError.com — is concerned with an unhealthy culture in today’s newsrooms of covering up errors instead of a more transparent approach to preventing and displaying corrections. Silverman calls upon editors to embrace the error as something that is inevitable while at the same time increasing quality control.

His proposed fixes include soliciting the help of an increasingly engaged public that has grown distrustful of the media because of this pervasive sweep-it-under-the-rug mentality. Mixing humorous corrections taken from large and small newspapers alike, Silverman gives historical context to the current problems (he laments the demise of newspaper proofreaders) and then proposes solutions for busy newsrooms (such as random post publication fact checking).

Tome is academic but never dry, as Silverman smartly breaks up what could be monotonous journo-speak with more than 300 amusing media corrections.

Regret the Error

Union Square; 384 Pgs.; $19.95

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Craig Silverman
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