“There was much great work from AP staffers [reporting from Boston] and we celebrate that,” Associated Press executive editor Kathleen Carroll writes in a memo. “But we had some missteps, too. And that’s what we want to talk about here today.”
MEMOS FROM CARROLL AND STANDARDS EDITOR TOM KENT:
From: Carroll, Kathleen
Subject: A note from Kathleen and important guidance from Tom Kent
Sent: Mon 4/22/2013 5:19 PM
Last week was an intense one. Big stories were breaking by the hour _ the Boston bombing and the investigation that stretched to the Russia and the Caucuses, the fertilizer plant explosion in the Texas town of West, ricin mailed to several lawmakers, congressional defeat for toughening access to guns, a large earthquake in China, potential flooding in the Midwest _ and so on.
There was much great work from AP staffers and we celebrate that. But we had some missteps, too. And that’s what we want to talk about here today.
Tom Kent, our Deputy Managing Editor for Standards, finished a thoughtful breakdown of where our standards served us well and where we fell short. Two issues stand out.
· We made mistakes because we didn’t follow our own very good guidelines.
· And in one important case, we did not move quickly enough to clearly to fix that mistake.
The one-source rule is very firm in our guidance. We all know why this is important. The world only occasionally remembers when AP held the line and didn’t report something that turned out to be wrong. Our mistakes, however, live on and on and on./CONTINUES Read More