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New website devoted to correcting errors

MediaBugs, a new website devoted to “correcting errors and problems in media coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area, says that 21 of the 28 news sites it examined provide no corrections link on their websites’ home pages and article pages. The websites for 17 of the 28 news organizations examined have no corrections policy or substantive corrections content at all, MediaBugs said in a report titled “Hard to get a fix, the state of corrections in Bay Area news media.”

MediaBugs checked the sites of the Examiner, Chronicle/SFGate.com, Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Marin Independent Journal, Wall Street Journal (SF section), Bay Citizen, New York Times (Bay Area Report), SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, SF Business Times, Mother Jones, Wired, SF Public Press, Salon, SF Appeal, OaklandLocal, CNET News, KTVU, KRON, KPIX, KGO-TV, KNTV, KQED-FM, KALW-FM and KCBS Radio.

The project director is Scott Rosenberg (pictured), author of “Say Everything, Dreaming in Code,” a co-founder and writer at Salon.com and an 11-year veteran of the Examiner. Associate Director Mark Follman was a news editor at Salon and contributed to Rolling Stone and Mother Jones. The MediaBugs website lists as advisers Lane Becker, Bill Gannon, Dan Gillmor and Craig Silverman.

The project is funded by a $335,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, a contest to support innovative digital media projects. Here’s how the Knight News Challenge website describes the MediaBugs project:

MediaBugs appears to have started in the past few months. The first post on a blog associated with the site (titled “Gentle people: on your mark, get set, report bugs!”) is dated March 24. The first errors the site’s personnel “helped get corrected” were in May, when it was still in its beta phase. (Photo credit: www.dreamingincode.com)

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