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Sending a clip with a correction

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by quinone42, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. quinone42

    quinone42 New Member

    I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I want to send in a clip to different job openings of a story that I think is a really solid featurey trend piece, but the problem is that it has a correction. Should I avoid sending it?
  2. FusilliJerry

    FusilliJerry Member

    Certainly depends what the correction is.
  3. quinone42

    quinone42 New Member

    The gist of it was that I said that a certain group of students in the U.S. must do X type of thing if they want employment. X type of thing is the most common, but it's not a requirement--there are other options. It was not a fundamental part of the article, but it was an important detail for background/context.
  4. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    There are still editors and readers that respect a reporter for his/her willingness to acknowledge a mistake and correct it.

    Real simple: it shows the reporter cares. Kudos to you for possessing the trait!

    It's risky but if you think the piece is that good - do it.
  5. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    I'd lean away from it unless that's a really killer clip. The correction will definitely stick out.
  6. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    Is the correction actually printed on or somehow attached to the clip? There are obviously ethical considerations, but if not, how would a hiring editor know it exists?
  7. quinone42

    quinone42 New Member

    Thanks for the advice so far, everyone. There's a correction listed at the top of the article on the web page it's located at.
  8. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Just a suggestion but you might consider submitting your question to Ben Marrison, editor at The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. I still have a copy of one of his columns a few years back in which he stated how much The Dispatch cherishes accuracy over speed and how important it was to correct on-line stories weeks, even months, after the fact.

    He might give you some insightful feedback.
  9. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    It just screams to me "I don't write good stuff very often and thus don't have any other clips without corrections to use."
  10. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's kind of my take on it too.
  11. champ_kind

    champ_kind Member

    Doesn't that much-celebrated David Foster Wallace piece on Federer at Wimbledon come with a correction? Not saying this is the same, but if it's definitely your best work ...
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