What to do after your paper publishes a ‘bad lede’

She wrote it.

She wrote it.

This column lead gets into your paper: “She lost a womb but gained a penis.”

Now what?

“I would find out how it happened and look to the editor who approved it and/or the editor who set up a process that allowed it to happen,” writes Staci Kramer.

“I would see if it’s part of a bad pattern and if more than the one column needs addressing. I would include copy editing, line editing and top editing in that look. If I caught the lede live — within hours of publication — I would have it updated and noted. At this point, I would add an editor’s note mentioning the concerns and linking to the public editor’s post.”

* Bad lede. Bad. Bad. (sdkramer.com)
* Earlier: What the hell, Toronto Star? (jimromenesko.com)