Washington Post Does A Correction Right

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Screen grab of [properly] corrected Washington Post story.

Corrections based on facts and spellings are the easiest kinds of corrections to get from mainstream news outlets. And why not? They’re such small and irrefutable things to change. But not all news outlets post their corrections prominently, at the top of a story, or post corrections right away.

Here, the Washington Post shows how it’s done right: make it quickly, put it up at the top of the story.

The Post puts the correction right below the headline (Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste): “An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to TNTP, the non-profit organization that released a new study about professional development for teachers, by its former name. The story has been updated.”

Not wanting to undercut my relentless campaign for timely and prominent corrections from news outlets, I do have to admit that I would have been fine with an end-of-story correction placement in a case like this in which the correction is limited to an organization name and doesn’t change the meaning or substance of the story in any way. 

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.