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Corrections Page Buildout

We expect our journalists to be accountable to their audiences. One of the most effective ways to do that is to admit mistakes and promptly correct them. Digital reporters, as you build out your tags, I ask that you please build out a page called “Corrections and Clarifications” and include the following text:

Our ultimate goal is to be both accountable for our coverage and transparent with our audience. To that end, any StateImpact story that requires a factual correction will be updated to reflect the change, and include an “editor’s note” to say what the nature of the correction or clarification was. For example:

We reported that a student at the for-profit Kaplan University had been seeking a law degree and had not been told that participation in the program would not allow him to take the bar exam in Iowa. We should have made clear that the student was enrolled in a B.A. program in paralegal studies, not in a law degree program.

In addition, all online errors that get corrected will be tagged and aggregated on this page. Email [enter primary digital reporter email here] with your requests for corrections or clarifications.

Quote formatting options

As some of you may have noticed, placing a blockquote in close proximity to an image you have floated to the left or the right will cause the text wrap around the image, but the background color will still span the full width of the content well. (example below)

quote-it

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Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

While an option on the table for us is to remove the background color on blockquotes and style them in a different way, keep in mind that it’s perfectly acceptable to use quote marks and italicized text in lieu of a blockquote. (example below)

quinn-anya

quinn-anya via Flickr

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

As always, we’re here to help, so let us know how we can make text formatting easier for you.