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Register Citizen improves ‘Fact Check’ program

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Last year, we got some attention in the newspaper industry for taking a relatively simple step toward improving accuracy. We added a “Fact Check” form at the bottom of every story on RegisterCitizen.Com.

While we were not the first or only news outlet or website to do this or something similar, we’ve felt the concept is an extremely important statement of accountability to our readers and sources.

So we were thrilled when a “top 10” major U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post, implemented something similar about a month ago.

They invented a better version of what we were doing, and so we’ve learned from that, and overhauled our “Fact Check” program to incorporate a lot of what they’ve done.

Now when you click on the “Fact Check” box at the bottom of a story where you notice an error or omission, you will be directed to this page. It gives readers more opportunity to point out what was wrong, to tell us what should have been written, and to even suggest other sources we could speak to who would help us improve the story.

The new system also provides readers the (completely optional) opportunity to provide contact information and an opt-in to be contacted in the future if we write about the same topic or similar topics, so that we can avoid similar mistakes down the road on which the reader might have insight.


Written by mattderienzo

March 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

>LATEST COLUMN: Our approach to correcting mistakes

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Our approach to correcting mistakes

Recently I updated you on the “Fact Check” program that we launched on RegisterCitizen.Com, enabling readers to easily report, at the bottom of every story we publish, factual errrors that they notice.
It’s part of an effort to improve accuracy and transparency about how we handle news reporting in The Register Citizen.
Another step that we recently took is to publish a formal corrections policy on our website, and to print corrections on the site on a special page, in addition to correcting them within the stories themselves and in print.

Written by mattderienzo

November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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>LATEST COLUMN: Fact Check program about accountability, transparency in local news

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>Fact Check program about accountability, transparency in local news reporting
Since launching an easy-to-use online “Fact Check” form in May, readers have made well over 100 reports to us about local news stories that contained incorrect information, lacked context to the point of being misleading, or missed the “real point” of the story altogether.

Written by mattderienzo

October 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Fact Check