Publisher: Union Square Press
Language: English | Number of Pages: 400 | Format: Paperback
Isbn-10: 1402765649 | Isbn-13: 9781402765643 | Publish date: 03/02/2009
Preface Jeff Jarvis
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Winner of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism!
From Craig Silverman, proprietor of www.RegretTheError.com, comes a lively journey through the history of media mistakes via a chronicle of funny, shocking, and often disturbing journalistic slip-ups. The errors—running the gamut from hilarious to tragic—include “Fuzzy Numbers” (when numbers and math undermine reporting) “Obiticide” (printing the obituary of a living person), and “Unintended Consequences” (typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality). While some of the errors are laugh-out-loud funny, the book also offers a serious investigation of contemporary journalism’s lack of accountability to the public, and a rousing call to arms for all news organizations to mend their ways and reclaim the role of the press as honest voice of the people.