As we’ve said before in this space, nobody in our business likes to make mistakes. But it happens, and we aren’t alone: Check out the corrections page in the New York Times, or any of the other major daily newspapers. And we all like to hear about them — for two reasons. First so that we can figure out what went wrong and possibly keep it from happening again. And second so that we can correct it for the record, which is more important than ever.
That’s because a mistake in print lasts a day, in the case of a paper like the New York Times, or a week, in U.S. 1’s case. But nowadays the record is contained online, and those online records are pretty much forever, at least that’s the way it seems to us now.
We received constructive feedback regarding last week’s article on Derma Sciences, the Carnegie Center-based biotech company that is developing a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers. Our report attributed the origin of the company’s candidate drug — DSC-127 — to the wrong USC. A spokesman wrote to say the treatment came from the University of Southern California, not the University of South Carolina. The article mentioned the company was carrying out clinical trials for the drug in South Africa, and the spokesman clarified it was being tested in the United States at the same time.
So now the corrections and additions have been made in print, and they have already been made in our online archives at www.princetoninfo.com, where there are articles on Derma Sciences dating back to November 21, 2007. (And, yes, we know that some people accessing our website are greeted with a message saying that the site has been hacked. We are working on eliminating the message.)
Another error occurred in the February 21 issue of our sister publication, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News. We reported that the West Windsor Arts Council fundraiser on Saturday, March 1, would run from 4 to 7 p.m. In fact it will start at 7 p.m.
Given that the next issue of the WW-P News would not come out until after the event, we made the Arts Council event a lead item on the WW-P News’ homepage, www.wwpinfo.com. We also ran a photo and a caption promoting the event, and the 7 p.m. starting time in this issue of U.S. 1.
Not all of our correspondence has been critical in nature. We received a note from Len Newton of Princeton, a longtime reader, saying that Richard K. Rein’s column of February 12 on “the Port Authority patronage scandal was not only well written but exceedingly important to New Jersey’s future. Please stay on it until it becomes a model for business administration applied to government, as Woodrow Wilson envisaged it.”
Referring to earlier coverage of the Chris Christie administration’s controversies, including Dan Aubrey’s first person account of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno’s investigation of the State Arts Council, Newton said he wanted to “encourage you to keep that type of insight coming. I’ve watched you grow U.S. 1 into a mature and essential type of journalism. Good for you — and for us.”