To Cut Down On Mistakes, Let's First Concentrate On Names : Memmos About one-quarter of our mistakes involve names of people or organizations.
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To Cut Down On Mistakes, Let's First Concentrate On Names

Five weeks of data show our corrections pace has not slowed. We're still on a 100-a-month pace.

The basic message today is a repeat: "We must start CQ'ing." Reread that "Memmo" for more about how to do that.

Then do this: Commit to getting names right from the first time you put them in the draft of a script or story through to when a piece goes on the air on or the Web. About one-quarter of our mistakes concern names of people and organizations. They're either just flat wrong ("Dean" instead of "Don") or they are misspelled.

We can't ignore the other things on the NPR Accuracy Checklist. They, too, need to be double-checked. But how about we aim to take names and kick those mistakes aside?

(Did you know? "Memmos" are now posted here.)

‘Memmos’

Memmott’s Missives & Musings Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes occasional notes about the issues journalists encounter and the way NPR handles them. They often expand on topics covered in the Ethics Handbook.

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