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Corrections/correctives

Staffers must notify supervisory editors as soon as possible of errors or potential errors, whether in their work or that of a colleague. Every effort should be made to contact the staffer and his or her supervisor before a correction is moved.

When we’re wrong, we must say so as soon as possible. When we make a correction in the current cycle, we point out the error and its fix in the editor’s note. A correction must always be labeled a correction in the editor’s note. We do not use euphemisms such as “recasts,” “fixes,” “clarifies” or “changes” when correcting a factual error.

A corrective corrects a mistake from a previous cycle. The AP asks papers or broadcasters that used the erroneous information to use the corrective, too.

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For corrections on live, online stories, we overwrite the previous version. We send separate corrective stories online as warranted.

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For graphics, we clearly label a correction with a FIX logo or bug, and clearly identify the material that has been corrected.

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For photos, we move a caption correction and retransmit the photo with a corrected caption, clearly labeled as a retransmission to correct an error.

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For video, corrections in scripts and/or shotlists are sent to clients as an advisory and are labeled as such.

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For live broadcasts, we correct errors in the same newscast if at all possible. If not, we make sure the corrected information is used in the next appropriate live segment.

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Audio correspondent reports that contain factual errors are eliminated and, when possible, replaced with corrected reports.

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