Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Correction of the day (and not)

A map accompanying an article about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that ran in Sunday's Travel section incorrectly included an island mislabeled as Brunei.

Inquiring minds want to know: How would you "correctly" include an island mislabeled as Brunei? What's our correction trying to correct: Brunei's status (not an island unto itself), its location (not quite so far west of the moon), or the mislabeling of Natuna (which was correctly included, for all that)?

Good desks have a couple of atlases (paper ones; they don't crash when the intartubes are down) and use them. Editors aren't paid to trust; they're paid to verify.

And on the not-corrected front:
An after-school staffer has been fired and a second classroom teacher could face the same fate because of offensive Facebook postings, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman said Monday.

Hmm. Two weeks ago, this guy was a "teacher" in a 1A hed and story. That seems like a pretty substantial difference (for one thing, per today's tale, he lacks some of the contractual protections that teachers have). Have I missed the correction, or have we somehow not gotten around to writing it yet? "Owing to inaccurate information provided by a hyperventilating TV station trying to jack up its ratings during sweeps month, an article Nov. 14 incorrectly described an employee caught in the cyber-witchburning. He is an after-school staffer, not a teacher."



Anonymous raYb said...

Looks like there still might be an apples and oranges lacking conversion here. They call one an after-school staffer and the other is referred to as a "second classroom teacher." Maybe somebody got their job descriptions misconscrewed up.

3:18 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Yeah, that gets tricky -- "a second classroom teacher" could mean "one in addition to one we told you about elsewhere," but I'm fairly sure that's not the meaning here. Definitely a case for keeping the Fruit Converter conscrewed in until the aircraft has come to a complete stop.

9:46 PM, November 25, 2008  

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