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Check out Craig Silverman’s roundup of worst business-reporting errors in 2010
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Check out Craig Silverman’s roundup of worst business-reporting errors in 2010

By on Dec 21, 2010

Journalists on every beat are looking back at the trends and stories that defined the past 12 months. I engage in my own annual retrospective on Regret the Error by offering the Year in Media Errors and Corrections and a round-up of incidents of journalistic plagiarism. Business journalism was represented in both. For example, this [...]

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NYT’s Joe Nocera: 4 tips for not missing the next financial crisis
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NYT’s Joe Nocera: 4 tips for not missing the next financial crisis

I asked Nocera to identify some of the mistakes made by journalists in covering the crisis and suggest how business journalists can avoid them in the future. I came away with three pieces of advice to go along with his tip about seeking out the “lone voice.”

WashPost’s ombudsman, journalism watchdogs tackle errors
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WashPost’s ombudsman, journalism watchdogs tackle errors

“A review of published corrections for the past three months shows that few days passed without a numbers error. I regularly hear complaints that numbers in Post stories don’t add up.” Those are the words of Andrew Alexander, ombudsman for The Washington Post in Friday’s column, Post stories that just don’t add up. Alexander pointed [...]

Avoiding errors when using ‘largest,’ ‘costliest’ and other superlatives
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Avoiding errors when using ‘largest,’ ‘costliest’ and other superlatives

Oldest, newest, costliest, largest, smallest, most corrupt, most ethical, most effective, least harmful… journalists often apply these superlatives to a person, company, product or other entity. And that in turn often leads to corrections like this one from Saturday’s New York Times: A chart with the continuation of an article on Thursday about General Motors’ [...]

4 tips for reporting on medical and scientific studies
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4 tips for reporting on medical and scientific studies

REGRET THE BUSINESS ERROR:  Business journalists are probably more comfortable inside a factory or boardroom instead of a laboratory or operating room. But scientific and medical studies frequently impact the business world, which means you need to know when a study is presenting important new data, or bringing forward initial findings that may or may [...]

How to build a personalized accuracy checklist
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How to build a personalized accuracy checklist

If I say the name, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, you know exactly whom I’m talking about. You’re likely picturing the widely circulated photo of him in his uniform, mustache front and center. But who’s this guy: Don’t feel bad if you can’t place the face. His name is Jeffrey Skiles, and he was the [...]

5 tips for avoiding errors in earnings reporting
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5 tips for avoiding errors in earnings reporting

Ah, earnings season. CFOs reach for their lucky pen, belt, shoes or other good luck charm. Investor relations teams prepare to highlight the good and mitigate the bad. And if you listen closely, you can hear conference call lines being initiated all over the country. Reporting on corporate earnings leaves a journalist open to committing [...]

Regret the Business Error: 5 tips for getting names, titles right
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Regret the Business Error: 5 tips for getting names, titles right

This recent correction from the New York Times left me puzzled, not to mention amused: An article on Wednesday about the continuing role of members of corporate boards who served on companies at the center of the financial crisis referred incorrectly at one point to a former Bear Stearns director who joined the board of [...]

Get over your fear – and even get friendly with numbers
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Get over your fear – and even get friendly with numbers

Imagine telling an editor that it’s too confusing for you to have to keep track of people’s names and titles for your story. I know, you’re thinking that would never happen. Yet journalists do basically the same thing all the time when it comes to math and numbers. “It’s okay if you walk up to [...]

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