Corrections and Clarifications

Digital Publishing Guidelines for Corrections and Clarifications:

Grounds for Thought always seeks to provide the publishing of correction and clarifications after they have been brought to our attention. Each correction online will be fixed immediately and a post will be made regarding what the correction was. The copyeditor will review all posts and then the managing editor will review all posts before being published. With each story that is corrected, the source of the error will be acknowledged and fixed. For mild errors it can be fixed within the copy but with larger errors a correction statement must be made. Our corporation uses scrubbing only when the mistake made was small and does not affect the message of the story in anyway.

News articles: Each clarification and correction should be made clear and direct, it should be concise so the reader does not misunderstand the article, including readers who have not read the original story. There should be a repost or reprint of the article stating that a correction has been made. We will state what the mistake was and correct it in hopes of not repeating the error.

Blog posts: Each blog post will be updated quickly upon the notice of error and when a correction is made a note must be placed at the bottom of the story confirming that a correction was made. Minor corrections may be corrected within the post using strikethrough text or parentheses. If a headline or tagline is incorrect, upon fixing the error it should include mention of the error within the headline.

Book Reviews: If information within a book review is incorrect the error must be corrected immediately upon notice and an alert must be sent out notifying the readers about the correction. In order to maintain factual evidence of the information from the book, the article must state if an error was made, what the error was and the fix to said error.

Alerts: If information has been sent out in an alert email that is incorrect, a follow up alert must be sent stating that there is a correction within the headline and tagline, and must what that correction is.

Social Media: If information on social media is incorrect there will be a correction made along with a follow up post acknowledging the error.

Take-down requests: if information is published that is not wanted on the web, then a request must be made regarding the information that is within the story. The only way that a story will be taken down is if the information is inaccurate, but there must be evidence supporting the request and an investigation will be performed.


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