Corrections and Clarifications
The Daily Athenaeum is committed to accuracy.
As a student-run organization, The DA is a learning laboratory where students are charged with the same responsibilities as professional reporters, editors, photographers, production, delivery and sales staff. We encourage our readers and the West Virginia University community to let us know when they believe we have fallen short.
The DA will promptly research and determine whether a correction or clarification is appropriate. If so, the correction will appear in the same media (print or online) the error appear. Corrections will be appended to all archived content.
To report an error, email the editor-in-chief at email@example.com
The email should include:
1) the name of the written work, 2) its author, 3) the date of publication, 4) a hyperlink to the online version, 5) the factual error in question and 6) any supporting documents.
The editor and or the managing editor will respond to any notification of an error within three publication days. The DA leadership will discuss the error with the staff member responsible for the content and make a determination.
Major vs. minor errors A major error is any factual error that changes the meaning of the story. Major errors include plagiarism and fabrication as well as getting large chunks of information wrong. Any article with more than three major errors will be redacted. Depending on the amount of article that is factually incorrect, an article may also be redacted. If an article is redacted or the major error is at all offensive, the editor-in-chief will write a letter from the editor discussing the error and apologizing for its occurrence. A minor error is any factual error that does not change the meaning of a story but may make parts of the story unclear for the reader. Minor errors include name misspellings or small factual errors such as getting a year wrong.
Editors may make changes post publication for grammatical, AP style and spelling errors without issuing a correction. Spelling errors do not include names. Editors can add links to articles without issuing a correction.
Clarifications For additional statements that would increase reader understanding a clarification may be issued instead of a correction. It is up to the editor-in-chief to decide if a clarification should be issued instead of a correction. If a clarification is used, “Clarification appended.” should be included at the top of the online version of the article in bold. If clarifications and corrections are used, “Clarification and corrections appended.” should be included in bold at the top of the article. The two categories should be defined at the bottom of the article by listing either clarification or correction before the wording.
The DA Takedown Policy
The DA is the student newspaper of record for West Virginia University and is editorially independent from the University.
The DA’s mission is to serve as a historical record of the news and events of the West Virginia University community. Therefore, the DA generally does not remove the DA’s created content from its website (www.theDAonline.com), including its online archives. In case of a factual error, the DA’s created content will be corrected and updated with an editor’s note, but not removed.
If you feel there is a factual error regarding an article, column, photo or other material created by the Da please submit your formal request to the below address, including with your request:
1) the name of the written work, 2) its author, 3) the date of publication, 4) a hyperlink to the online version, 5)any supporting documents.
Requests should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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