NPR standards editor Mark Memmott wanted NPR’s corrections count to be cut down in half by last month, but the broadcaster has more work to do to make it there, public editor Elizabeth Jensen wrote.
In June, she pointed to Memmott’s memo informing staff “we’re making too many mistakes.” Specifically, he counted “about 100 corrections a month this year,” which he wrote is “unacceptable.” Memmott pointed staff to NPR’s accuracy checklist calling for double checking the details — namely, “every name, date, place, number, title.”
In an Oct. 18 follow-up post, Jensen noted that NPR has published fewer corrections but not as few as Memmott wanted. “In September, NPR posted 89 corrections, roughly the same as in July and August, and October so far has seen about 60 corrections,” she wrote.
Moving forward, NPR will have fact checking training for staff, Jensen wrote. Jensen added a call for hiring more copy editors. iMediaEthics has asked NPR if specific plans are in the works to hire any fact checkers.
Jensen noted NPR is still making the same type of smaller errors, such as misspelled names, wrong places, and number fails. “On the other hand, major errors are relatively few,” she wrote, pointing to a recent NPR correction that was more significant — NPR said a congressman, Rep. John Faso, didn’t respond to comment but the reporter never actually contacted him.