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New York Times Correction Page Examples - 04/02/07

For a paper regarded as one of the best in the country, the New York Times still has its share of mistakes when reporting stories and makes the corrections availiable online at http://www.nytimes.com/ref/pageoneplus/corrections.html. The corrections cover a range of articles and dates, and it appears as though the list is changed every day as the errors are discovered.

One such correction is listed this way, "A front-page article on March 9 about Reading First, the Bush administration’s program for low-income children, referred imprecisely to the involvement of G. Reid Lyon in the National Reading Panel, which recommended effective ways to teach reading. Dr. Lyon, a former head of a branch of the National Institutes of Health, advised his former boss, Dr. Duane Alexander, about candidates nominated for the panel. The final selection of members did not rest with Dr. Lyon; the law creating the panel called for Dr. Alexander to make that decision." This correction refers to a specific story and corrects what the article claimed the role an individual served was. The article was incorrect, the paper was probably contacted with the correct information, and the correction was published.

Another correction listed on the page is "A front-page article on Thursday about criticism of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales by federal prosecutors who questioned the firings of eight United States attorneys omitted a reporting credit. Rachel Mosteller contributed from Houston, where Mr. Gonzales was speaking; the article was written from Washington." This correction signifies that a reporter who contributed to the story was neglected when the paper was crediting reporters, and the paper was correcting this error by acknowledging his contribution.

Sometimes factual mistakes are made as well, as in this instance, "A sports article on Thursday about Jim Harrick, the former college basketball coach who is now the head coach in California of the Bakersfield Jam in the N.B.A.’s Development League, misstated the name of a competing team in the state. It is the Anaheim Arsenal, not the Admirals." The article got the name of the team incorrect, a basic piece of factual information. Correcting these mistakes and pointing them out is key to maining a paper's reputation and keeping its journalistic integrity at a level that people will be able to trust it at.