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Lessons in fact checking
A newspaper is a source of information. The quality and reliability of that information is the most important asset. This past week, a major error was made in the paper. There are no words to express the level of outrage we all felt when the mistake was brought to our attention.
Misspelled or missing a few words to a story are part of the nature of our deadlines and amount of words we print every week, but incorrect information is not acceptable.
I realize this past week’s problems have damaged our reputation with our readers, and for that I am truly sorry. One thing you can be sure of: this just brings home how important the job of the newspaper is and how much harder we need to work to try to regain the trust of our readers. We will be working hard toward that goal.
We would like to thank those who brought the error to our attention. It is impossible for any one organization to be aware of everything that goes on in the community, so we rely on our readers to bring happenings and news to our attention. Thank you for helping us by being reporters and fact checkers. Please continue to help The Miller Press be the best newspaper we can be. We need you! And we will try to do a better job, too.