Corrections and Correctives

Mistakes are bound to occur. Information that is false is reported. When this happens, the main concern is to have it corrected as soon as possible.

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Online stories are available for at least 24 hours, while other forms of content can be available for much longer. Although websites are limited in how long they can store Prime 9ja Online Media content due to commercial obligations, these tales are frequently maintained online for much longer. Online stories, unlike those in newspapers, do not exist in a single form. As current web news, they can be updated at any time in their lives. This means that the window for completing a Writethru to fix a mistake is substantially larger than the usual newspaper deadline cycle.

To cope with problems or possible problems with stories, Prime 9ja Online Media employs the following methods:

Writethru Correction — makes a factual or phrasing adjustment.

Kill – removes a false, legally harmful, or detrimental story.

Corrective — used to correct a previously publicized inaccuracy. It was created with the intent of confronting the error and putting the record straight. It only addresses information that has been proven to be incorrect.


If an error is identified in a story that was filed within the last 24 hours or so, a Writethru Correction should be sent as soon as possible. This is the most effective technique to rectify inaccurate information, particularly on internet sites where the story is still being broadcast.

In a Correction note that is provided with the story, either at the bottom (for online readers) or at the top (for print readers), precise details on where and what the error was should be detailed. It should be written in a digestible language (no journalistic shorthand) that describes what went wrong with the prior narrative clearly yet succinctly.

    This is an updated version of the story. Raphael Bruhwiler's surname was misspelled in an earlier edition.

The only time a Writethru Correction would not move a day after a story first moved would be if a new tale with the same slug was being developed. The greatest solution would therefore most likely be a Corrective. Consult supervisors.

If a narrative is a stand-alone item with a long shelf life, the deadline for submitting a Writethru Correction could be much longer than 24 hours. Writethru Corrections might be filed several days after Thursday-for-Weekend stories and stories sent to wire with advance publication dates. Include the following information in these cases:

    This is an updated version of a story that first appeared on September 17th. The coldest location on Pluto was incorrectly reported to be 297 degrees below zero in a previous story.

Legal considerations

Do not include this information in the publishable Correction note when a story is corrected since it may constitute a legal risk. Use a non-publishable document instead. Editors make a note on the story to let them know that there is a legal issue. Keep the explanation simple and truthful to avoid jeopardizing the agency's legal position by using informal language that may be attempting to explain a complex topic in a few words.

    LEGAL: The identification of the driver of the pickup truck was removed for legal reasons.

Also, include the standard publishable Correction note on the story to inform online readers of any changes, but exclude any mention of legal issues:

    This is an updated version of the story. An earlier version of this article contained an error in the name.

Other considerations

  1. Writethru Corrections should be provided with the same code as the story they're correcting, so they're distributed to the same clients who got the wrong version in the first place.
  2. Sending advice, on the standard wires for newspaper and broadcast clients, and by email for online clients, is another way to notify clients that a significant Correction has moved:

    EDITORS: Please take note of the significant change in Dog-Jumps-Fox, 2nd Writethru, which was made at 17:15 ET. It corrects a previous version that stated incorrectly that the fox leaped the dog. In actuality, the fox was jumped by the dog.

    The same coding and index categories as the original story, as well as an Advisories index, should be used for such an advisory.
  3. Never try to cover up a mistake in the middle of a story with a Writethru that contains a clarifying statement or totally avoids the original problem. All errors should be noted in the Correction box with a note indicating that a previous error is being corrected.
  4. Discuss with supervisors whether a Corrective is also required after a Correction has been relocated.