Scott Rosenberg

by Scott Rosenberg

Because web pages are just computer files, news stories on the web can be altered at will after publication. That makes corrections on the web a little more complex than corrections in print — but it also makes them potentially much more effective. Unlike in print or broadcast, you can fix the original. You can [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Why do so many journalists find it so hard to handle public criticism? If you’re an athlete, you’re used to it. If you’re an artist, critics will regularly take you down. If you are in government, the pundits and now the bloggers will show no mercy. If you’re in business, the market will punish you. [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Our public beta of MediaBugs.org has been open for about three weeks now. We’re still tinkering with our interface, coping with problems at our Internet service provider, and working on plans to increase participation. But we’ve already got some fascinating results from our experiment. Here’s what I think is the most interesting one so far: [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Joel Spolsky wrote his final blog post last week. If you’re not in the software field, you might not know Spolsky’s name. But since 2000 his Joel on Software blog has been explaining the intricacies of programming with clarity and humor for an audience of both insiders and novices. Joel on Software served as a [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Two high-profile cases of plagiarism made recent headlines — one at the New York Times, one at the Daily Beast. In each case, the plagiarist expressed confusion and surprise when confronted with the evidence, and in each case, he blamed the speed of Internet-era reporting and the cut-and-paste tools that make lifting someone else’s words [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

It may be impolitic to admit this, but I’m weary of the Great News Business Model Hunt. For those journalists who have just woken up to the changes in their industry, I know that this issue couldn’t be more fascinating and pertinent. But if you worked in the news business on the web from the [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

A lot of virtual ink has already been spilled, by me and others, on the now-infamous Washington Post Public Enemy correction. (If you missed it, the Post ran a correction explaining that a story had “incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.” The [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

How many different kinds of errors is it possible for journalists to make? And how would you classify them or organize them into useful categories? These questions are not my attempt to concoct a tactful paraphrase for “How many different ways is it possible to screw journalism up?” Rather, they represent one of the interesting [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

As a student journalist working for my high school and college newspapers, I learned basic reporting from a strict rulebook. I can still recall my truculent resentment at one particular rule: why did we have to include the middle initial whenever we mentioned somebody’s name? What a pain to have to ask for it each [...] more »