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Portland, Maine accuracy form

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BillyT, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I had not seen anything like this, but I cannot imagine the Portland Press-Herald is the only paper doing it.

    At the bottom of a story, there is a link to click "If you were interviewed for this story," which leads here -- http://www.pressherald.com/readerservices/Accuracy_Form.html?storyID=142219485
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Utterly ridiculous.

    "Mr. Bin Laden, we wrote a story about how you killed 3,000 people on Sept. 11. Did you like the story?"

    We write the story to inform our readers, not to make people happy.
  3. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Member

    Because journalists--being among the few mortals that never make mistakes and always act appropriately--could never, ever learn anything from sources or readers?
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Pretty sure a former paper I worked for did something like this on the sly.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If there's a mistake in facts, the source or reader let's the paper know, and they correct it.

    This form though, just cries out for people to claim they were misquoted, claim the story wasn't accurate even though the facts were checked or heck, claim the reporter was biased.

    Put another way, say a reporter writes about a DUI arrest of someone prominent. They call up the DUI guy, guy says "no comment." Story is printed.

    Then the guy fills out the form ranting about the paper. Does that give the form any credibility?

    One of the questions on there is did the reporter act professionally. You have many people who would claim a reporter is unprofessional simply by asking the questions. (How dare he ask about my two divorces and my open marriage!)

    Not to mention, it wouldn't surprise me if management wanted that form as an excuse so they could dump some more staffers.
  6. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Ten to one this is the result of an idiotic focus group or newsroom manager who listened to marketing drivel about ways to more robustly engage the valued consumer.

    Baron's right.
  7. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Yes...that's something you would correct or address behind the scenes...this format is ridiculous.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    The advisors at my college paper would do this occasionally, but that was college and a learning tool. This seems like another opportunity for the usual suspects to emerge from the basement and whine about the libural media again. And to take up limited news space?
  9. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Nothing wrong with seeking out and collecting that info if its not used improperly.
  10. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Member

    First, there are plenty of problems with coverage one cannot address simply by issuing a correction.

    Second, who cares that some people might use the form for unfairly complaining about stories? Those complaints are easily dismissed. The problems are still being "addressed behind the scenes"--it says they're only using this internally--they've just created a process to facilitate feedback. As POI says, not really clear why that's a huge issue.
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Clearly you haven't worked for a publisher who makes you change your entire coverage policy because of a single complaint ... over and over again.
  12. Biscayne

    Biscayne Guest

    What a lazy way of being a managing editor.
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