Corrections: USA Today copied and pasted from NYT, Carr fire not over 100K square miles - iMediaEthics

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iMediaEthics’ latest round of corrections and errors:

1. USA Today ‘mistakenly’ used NYT paragraph

USA Today accidentally used a paragraph from the New York Times without attribution. In an editor’s note, USA Today said:

“Editor’s note: An early version of this story mistakenly contained a paragraph copied and pasted from a New York Times story. The mistake happened when a USA TODAY editor noted the Times’ information in an email on deadline and another editor mistook the text to be from USA TODAY and inserted it into the story. We regret the error.”

2. Has Carr Fire spread over 100,000 square miles?

NPR corrected its Aug. 2  Morning Edition story on the Carr Fire in northern California about pet-owning evacuees.

“In the original introduction to this report, we mistakenly said the Carr Fire has spread over more than 100,000 square miles. In fact, it has burned across 100,000 acres, or about 156 square miles.”


3. Wrong photo in Australian news site

Australia’s Gold Coast Bulletin used the photo of a random woman and claimed it was a different woman involved in a manslaughter case. The Bulletin‘s Aug. 21 apology:

“YESTERDAY the Gold Coast Bulletin published an image on page 1 purporting to be the offender in a manslaughter case, Linda Annette Currie.

The woman pictured in the photograph was not Ms Currie and was not involved in the death of Gabriel Orchard.

The Bulletin unreservedly apologises to the woman pictured in the image and regrets any distress and embarrassment caused to her.”


The headline incorrectly said the copy and paste was from NPR; as the story states, it was USA Today copied and pasted from the New York Times.

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Corrections: USA Today copied and pasted from NYT, Carr fire not over 100K square miles

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