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New York Times and other news organizations should be more transparent about story changes made after publication, because editing after publication doesn’t build trust


The New York Times has come under criticism lately for editing a story about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and changing the tone of the story after publication. Those kinds of edits are fairly common, NYT executive editor Dean Baquet said, but Mathew Ingram says news organizations still need to be more forthcoming about the changes that are made after publication and why those changes are made. Ingram writes: “Pretending that this doesn’t happen, or that it only involves routine tweaking, isn’t doing the Times any favors in the trust department.”

+ Earlier: A practice called “diffing” allows readers to compare current versions of a news story to previous versions, and a tool called NewsDiffs co-created by a former NYT reporter is tracking changes made by several news sites

+ Earlier: Our strategy study on how to build credibility through transparency

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