We Must Check Our 'Facts;' Mistakes Are Piling Up Again

Jul 18, 2018

Take a look at the corrections page. We're making the same kinds of mistakes over and over. Names. Numbers. Titles. We're getting those, and other things, wrong.

This month has been especially busy. From reporters to producers to editors, it's clear that we aren't always double-checking the basics.

The result is that some great stories have corrections notes attached to them. That's a shame.

So, once again:

- Be sure about "facts" you put into DACS, scripts, promos, blog posts or basically anything that could find its way onto our website or onto our airwaves. Remember, your keyboard is a live mic.

- Double- or triple-check everything, and never assume that the next person in the process is going to do it for you. If you write it, say it or approve it, you own it.

- Use the Accuracy Checklist.

John Wooden, arguably the greatest men's college basketball coach, would show his players how he wanted them to put on their socks and tie their sneakers. His point was that if they didn't do those things correctly, they would get blisters — blisters that could put them on the bench and hurt the team.

We get so many things right. But we're also getting too many blisters. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.