Seeking To Cut Down On Corrections With A 'CQ'

As errors pile up, the newsroom looks to implement new procedures.
NPR's Training Team and Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott offer an accuracy checklist for reporters and editors to use as a tool. Source: NPR

Can NPR reduce the number of monthly mistakes it makes in half, by October? That's the newsroom's ambitious goal.

On Monday, referencing an error rate that he called "unacceptable," NPR's standards and practices editor Mark Memmott laid out a new newsroom system that he hopes will lead to fewer corrections.

In his memo to the newsroom, Memmott wrote: "We've posted about 100 corrections a month this year. There is no acceptable number of mistakes per month, but there certainly is an unacceptable number. One hundred a month is unacceptable."

The new process, which he told the newsroom is "not optional," is really just a fallback to one that print journalists used for decades:

"Before a story is turned in to an editor, the facts must be and its connection to journalism, here's what it's about:

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readPolitics
National Strike In France Shuts Down Cities Over Macron's Pension Reform Plans
Thousands of people march in the streets of Paris, Lyon, Marseille and other French cities, in a general strike that reflects anger both at Macron and his retirement plan.
NPR2 min readScience
A Comet From Another Star Hints That Our Solar System Isn't One-Of-A-Kind
The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe.
NPR2 min read
When Miami Temps Plunge Below 60, It's Time For Hot Churros
"Chilly" by Miami standards isn't really all that cold. But any sign of sweater weather is enough to get the long lines forming for fried sticks of dough dipped in thick hot chocolate.