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Total’s Lucky HBO Number: 549

… Or the total number of corrections published by the SR in 2006, or 30 more corrections were published in 2006 than 2005, or Managing Editor Gary Graham ain’t happy here

If it’s January, it must be time to report back to our readers about our record on accuracy for the year just completed. The short explanation is that we published 549 corrections and clarifications in 2006, 30 more than we published in 2005. Despite our renewed efforts to be more accurate and thorough, the numbers increased slightly last year. We’re not happy about that, but let me offer some context. The Spokesman-Review in recent years has been much more committed to correcting errors, a trend that is consistent with the rest of the newspaper industry. Setting the record straight is an important part of what we do and we’ve learned over time that we actually can improve our credibility with readers by being honest about our mistakes. As one reader put it last summer in a conversation with newsroom staffers, there’s a reward for getting the story first, but there is a greater reward for getting it right — Managing Editor Gary Graham, Spokesman-Review.

Question: Does it hurt or help a newspaper’s credibility by publishing corrections wholesale like we do?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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