Recovering from the journalism crisis: Reporters need to learn to apologize

Recovering from the journalism crisis: Reporters need to learn to apologize


Two weeks ago, Georgetown University held a symposium about the state of journalism. When asked what the main problem facing the press is, Erik Wemple, a media critic at the Washington Post, came up with a surprisingly compelling and honest answer: Journalists need to learn how to apologize when they make mistakes. 

Wemple’s comments (which can be found in this video) were as follows:

News organizations, when they put out these big stories, they put their soul into these pieces. And when they turn out to be [expletive] up, they can never, ever — it takes them forever to come to grips with it. So people on the outside say, “Why can’t you just admit this is wrong?” No, no! We sweated over this.

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