The news media are tasked with getting information to the public as quickly as possible.
While speed is important, it is even more important that the information be correct; unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Journalists are only human; mistakes will be made and inaccurate information will inevitably be distributed.
When this happens, it is critically important that the publication post a correction as soon as possible to show a commitment to accuracy and integrity.
The editing process is designed to minimize the chance of misinforming the public by ensuring multiple editors read stories before they are published.
When a mistake occurs, it is important to let the news outlet know a correction should be made as quickly as possible.
Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay, British directors and writers, had this to say about journalistic accuracy in their book “The Complete Yes Min-ister”:
“You’ve only got to be in public life for about a week before you start to question if the newspapers are even giving you today’s date with any accuracy!”
It’s a journalist’s job to make sure this is not the public’s perception.
The best way to earn the public’s trust is to report the news accurately and be accountable when mistakes are made.