When comments bring corrections

washingtonpostinnovations:

I’ll admit it, I think Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty is a talented reporter. But after her recounting a story about how a commenter saved her from a “mindless error” Friday night (when she was filing at the eleventh hour on the federal government’s near-shutdown), she now holds an even more special place in my digital ink-stained heart. Karen wrote: 

Only minutes after we posted my story on John Boehner late Friday night, a sharp-eyed commenter—sarahabc—noticed the kind of mistake that reporters (or at least this one) tend to make at the end of a 14-hour day. I identified Newt Gingrich, of all people, as a Democrat! I dashed to the copy desk and got it fixed. Count me grateful.

Count me grateful, too. A huge thanks to sarahabc. Ahh … the digital journalism universe as it is meant to be.

Cory Haik / Deputy Editor, Universal News Desk 

It’s a small thing, but it means a lot for journalists to be responsive like this. 


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