How a reader’s council could help publishers avoid problematic stories

Writing about SB Nation’s retraction of its Daniel Holtzclaw story, Paul Ford asks, how can publishers avoid retractions? Ford proposes creating a reader’s council of around 200 people who read your stories for a small fee, giving that council access to drafts and notes and the ability to anonymously flag potential problems in stories. Ford says: “Now instead of waiting for the Internet to take you to task, a group of strangers can take you to task, quietly, on a regular basis.”