"There is a broad feeling in the public that newspapers not only make too many
mistakes, but that they also are unwilling to correct them fully and promptly" (Haiman 13).
The first 16 pages of Haiman was a good read and also included many facts about newspapers and things that they do wrong. The quote, above, really stuck out to me because of how the newspaper makes so many mistakes. Now, I am trying not to be too harsh because I know it's hard, but they get paid for it.
That prompts a question then about newspapers. If someone is getting paid for working on the newspaper, then should it be error-free?
I think that a newspaper should correct their errors on a weekly basis, but if not daily. Agree?
When a magazine publishes each pamphlet, monthly, then there usually are some errors or mis-communication. I usually noticed that the very next issue (the next month) has a page that is dedicated to corrections and/or mishaps.
Every reader is bringing something personal to the paper when they read it and the paper cannot please everyone. I seemed to be being pulled from two sides because I think well they are getting paid, but then I think mistakes can happen - easily.
Should a paper be published without errors or if errors are found, then should the corrections be published in the following day's paper or even online?
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