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Getting it wrong

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Trey Beamon, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I made a huge boo-boo while wrapping up my playoff basketball preview capsules.

    Instead of finding a team roster online (which was readily available), I decided to wing it with 15 minutes before deadline. That is, pull a google search, find a story on the opposing team and scribble names/numbers down without thinking much about it.

    So, I type it up, do a quick gammar/spell check and throw it on page two. Deadline made. Problem averted.

    Well, except one. The information was culled from a story published, I'm not sure how to say this, TWO YEARS AGO. :mad:

    I didn't get any complaints, phone calls or unwanted jabs at the game last night. But, I feel my credibility took a direct hit.

    That said, what can I do?

    It's more a general question. I'm a one-man shop and without a fact checker/editing help, this stuff happens on occasion. Though, obviously, never quite to this extent.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    In the future, I would call the school (first) and local paper (second) to get a roster before going to the internet. Even the school's web site may have a roster that hasn't been touched since October and may be wrong.

    If this is something that you just realize you need 15 minutes before deadline, and you don't have time for that, I would leave it out.
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    And consider this a lesson learned rather than simply beating up yourself.
  4. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    I can't help but think it's directly related to your no longer using a Trey Beamon baseball card as your avatar, Trey.

    Don't tempt fate.
  5. Screw that!
    Go beat yourself up. Punch yourself in the balls until you puke. Then swear on the grave of Grantland Rice that will NEVER, E-V-E-R, make that kind of sloppy, half-assed mistake again!
    And IF you do, you vow to go ESPN Sports Reports and beg for mercy wearing an adult diaper, doing your best Andy Dick impression while giving Mike Lupica a blowjob and Bob Ryan a reach around.


    ;) ;D
  6. Babs

    Babs Member

    Somewhere out there, someone just made an error much worse than this. They inadvertently insulted someone, or maybe misquoted an important source.

    Turn the page. Tomorrow is a new day.
  7. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Need a hug?
  8. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Have we learned nothing from the other thread? Hugs are unprofessional. Try a handshake or, if you must, the dreaded fist-pound.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Not to get all serious old editor on you here, Trey, but why did you wait until 15 minutes before deadline to go look for the roster?
    The fact that you waited until the last minute to get info you easily could have had earlier would piss me (an all-time procrastinator) off more than the fact that you got it wrong.
    You got it wrong because you didn't do your job when you should have... and there is no excuse for that.
  10. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    you'll fuck up worse than that, trust me.
  11. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    Just seems like that post should end with "You are the weakest link. Goodbye."
  12. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    Whoa when did I become a jr. member? How's the progression of status go?
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