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A correction on the Blues Fest/DAP/DPAC story

Folks: I've noted this in the comments on the DAP/DPAC story regarding the Blues Festival, but the Herald-Sun's Nancy Wykle has responded to the story to add that Herald-Sun didn't release the news of Buddy Guy's headlining of the event ahead of a press deadline. Wykle notes that the paper received a press release with the headliner information on Monday night without any listed embargo deadline and ran the story on that basis.

As I told Nancy via email and in the comments, I made an assumption on that point based on the press release I received (and presumably what other media outlets received, since I don't think anyone else had the story until after a 9:30am press conference.  As Nancy notes, I didn't check the facts on this one. It was a case of making an assumption, and, well, we all have heard the aphorism on what it means when you assume something.

BCR regrets the error.

Comments

Will

Nancy Wykle should rest assured knowing that she's the only person who's given this a second thought.

V. Diannepledger

Thanks for your correction Kevin, I did send the press release on Monday evening as stated by Bob and Nancy.

LeeLee

It's good to know this burning issue has been put to rest and that Durham is safe once more.

Rob Gillespie

I think the concern would be that other agencies would not want to send the HS an embargoed release if they have a history of letting them slide out early.

But, I would say this whole issue points out how much of the journalism in our newspapers (NO and HS) is actually just press release publishing... errggh.. I mean "from staff reports".

TSQ75

I dont even know what an Embargoed release is, so i guess that says this lil faux pas didnt phase me in the least :)

Michael Bacon

Sheesh, Kevin, if you keep up with this accountability and correcting errors and a commitment to getting the story right, people are going to start mistaking you for a journalist!

Phil

Mistakes happen. Sometimes from carelessness, sometimes from assumptions, sometimes from being a bozo. It's supposed to be a normal good thing when people politely point them out, and when mistake-makers quickly and appropriately apologize. I like what happened here. It's one good example of what I think we're all supposed to be doing day to day. And if you believe that this kind of professional apology and courtesy isn't done enough, then you'll believe that it's all the more important.

Tar Heelz

Sheesh, Kevin, if you keep up with this accountability and correcting errors and a commitment to getting the story right, people are going to stop mistaking you for a journalist!

FIFY

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