The Washington Post has a “chronic” issue with “quality control,” the Washington Post public editor, Andy Alexander, wrote Dec. 31. However, Alexander didn’t attribute the problems to short-staffing, but instead to the staff closely examining the paper before publication.
“There’s little doubt that reduced newsroom staffing has taken a toll on Post quality. But many lapses have little to do with how many are working and everything to do with whether they’re paying attention.”
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Alexander reported that readers have spotted numerous errors lately in the newspaper — even some in high-profile newspaper territory like the front page. “The past few years have seen a crescendo of complaints about typos, grammatical errors and minor factual mistakes,” Alexander explained. “In recent weeks, a string of lapses has heightened reader despair.”
Some errors have been a matter of checking the jumps for stories: for example, one day’s newspaper edition directed readers to a section of the paper not published that day. Another serious example included the Post’s publishing day-old financial listings.