SSM 1401–03: Corrections
To promote accuracy within Student Media publications and media outlets
When errors occur, student editors and reporters have an ethical obligation to correct the record and minimize harm. It is the goal of Student Media to correct all errors.
Errors are to be corrected promptly, within a day of the error being published, if possible.
Corrections will be published or aired within the publication or outlet in which the error occurred.
Requests for corrections or clarification of fact should be made to student reporters or editors. Errors should be corrected whenever a reporter or editor becomes aware of them, whether or not a request for a correction has been made.
Before any correction or clarification is printed, the editor of the publication or media outlet will verify that an error has been made. In all cases, the editor makes the final determination as to whether an error has been made and should be corrected. When the editor disagrees with a news subject about whether a story contained an error, the subject may be offered an opportunity to express his or her view in a letter to the editor.
A correction should strive to avoid repeating the error; however, it should have sufficient context so that readers will understand exactly what is being corrected.
Errors of nuance, context, or tone may require clarifications, editor’s notes, editor’s columns, or letters to the editor.