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IANS--Intro and Ch.1

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to be badly briefed once may be regarded as a misfortune; to do it twice looks like carelessness.

It's ok. Everyone makes mistakes...Just don't do it again.

That's the gist behind this quote at least, and I agree with it. No one is perfect. It's inevitable that everyone screws up from time to time and reporters are no exception. If a reporter gives faulty information once and apologizes for the mix-up, usually his career won't be altered too dramatically. However, if the same reporter gives faulty information repeatedly, it's likely that he will not be reporting for much longer. Most people are willing to overlook one mess-up, but too many mistakes pervade an air of carelessness, thus resulting in distrust from readers and employers. Just like any other mistake, it's ok to make one in reporting; however, it's not ok to make the same mistake twice. A reporter, and any other person for that matter, should not simply accept the fact that he has done something wrong and walk away with his head hanging. No, he should meet his mistake head-on, realizing what he did wrong, so that he can avoid a similar mistake in the future.

Comments (3)


Actually, this quote is from the prologue. I thought I was reading the introduction while reading it and ended up doing a little extra work, but it was worth it.

Shannon Moskal:

I agree that reporters should be held to extra scrutiny when it comes to making mistakes, because they have the ability to make or break or upheave people's lives. Even though a reporter is covering a story about a business or corporation, there are actual people behind the story that must be thought about. Now more than ever the reporter must verify or duck

Corey Struss:


Yeah. Mistakes are a killer when trying to provide the public with important information. The tiniest mistake could skew the whole article. The news writer must realize that his audience doesn't have time to analyze the information, because they are usually in a rush to get what's important. You would be wrongly informing the audience if you didn't get the main info right.


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