Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Make that 'privatization'

A headline on a story today, "Arbitration award will cut New Haven school custodial force by a third, but avoids total privatization," initially misspelled "privatization."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It only takes one wrong letter and suddenly husbands are for sale

Some days you just should admit the reading glasses help and not try to tweet without them.

But when you don't take your own advice and an 'n' becomes a 'y' it can be a moment of fun even when the topic is tough.

In this case the topic was dead serious but the tweet was less than perfect: New Haven police to hold guy buyback Dec. 3 - They say no questions asked. Here are the details: #NHV #guns

This is an important issue in New Haven, as the city is heading toward a possible record number of homicides. Thirty people are dead so far this year. A recent day of raids netted guns, cash, and drugs.

But when 'gun' becomes 'guy' some people rightly react and rightly poke fun at the tweet (not at the topic of guns)

Consider, for instance:
the1megsta: “@nhregister: New Haven police to hold guy buyback Dec. 3 - They say no questions asked.". Ha ha how much for my husband?


PRCov: Don't tell my wife! RT @nhregister New Haven police to hold guy buyback Dec. 3...

Lord_Byronn: LOL good way to get guns off the streets RT @nhregister Redux with no typo: New Haven police to (cont)

We hope this one is not that Laura Bush:
Laura_Bush: Really? How much for my guy? :) RT @nhregister New Haven police to hold guy buyback Dec. 3 - They say no questions asked.

And on Facebook:
Steven McGuire ‎"guy buyback"? were they defective?

Mary Caffrey Pereira will they buy my guy back...LOL

Kristen Drozdowski Guy Buyback!!! How much for my husband?
34 minutes ago · · 1Janet Koch likes this.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Correction: Ex-Madison chief clarifies claim

A story Monday incorrectly reported that a former Madison police chief, Paul Jakubson, received $41,000 per year for four years from the town after it settled his heart and hypertension claim. Jakubson clarified Monday that the $41,000 per year he is receiving from the town is unrelated to his heart and hypertension claim. That claim was settled by the town in 2008.

Passage in story on Yale Bowl tragedy incorrect

Early versions Saturday of a story on the death of a 30-year-old woman killed in a parking lot at Yale Bowl reported that witnesses offered conflicting accounts to police, including that it appeared the truck suddenly lurched forward, to the driver pressing the pedal in road rage because the women weren’t moving fast enough. The passage about the women not moving fast enough was erroneously added because of an internal miscommunication, and was not part of the witness account as relayed to our reporter.
The story was later updated Saturday to report:
In the initial hours after the incident, police received a wide range of witness accounts about what transpired. Police knew this much for certain: The U-Haul pulled into the lot, suddenly accelerated and struck the three women. But police were sorting out sometimes contradictory witness accounts, from some witnesses who assumed the driver of the truck inadvertently accelerated, to at least one who thought the situation could have been sparked by “road rage.” So far, police are leaning toward the former. A police source said the U-Haul was pulling into the parking lot to prepare for a tailgate when the driver “maybe accidentally” hit the gas and accelerated quickly into a crowd of people.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Was student weapon warning blown out of proportion?

Several readers have complained that the New Haven Register blew out of proportion a story about Hamden sixth graders fashioning prison-style weapons out of pencil sharpeners. It appeared on the front page of the Register's print edition Saturday.
"I can't believe you would print this garbage on page 1," one reader said in comments on the online story. "Slow news day?"
The same reader said the principal of the school in question was right to send parents a letter warning them about the phenomenon.
And that is exactly what pushed this story from one somewhat hard-to-believe rumor about scary student behavior to a page one story. The principal took it seriously, and so there is either a story if you believe it's a scary trend or if you believe the principal went overboard.
That being said, a topic worthy of discussion is how well the Register puts into context stories about the "extreme exception."
Hamden sixth graders aren't stabbing each other left and right. Eleven-year-olds aren't shanking each other in gym class.
So how do you report what is an interesting - and alarming - story, without giving the wrong impression? What do you think?


When Facebook 'friends' become story sources

Several readers have challenged the wisdom of reporting on, and prominent placement of, a story about Hamden sixth graders fashioning prison-style weapons out of disassembled pencil sharpeners. (More on that here.)
One reader said she did a little bit of research and found that the author of the article, New Haven Register staff writer Amanda Pinto, is Facebook friends with one of the sources for the story.
This is worth clarifying.
Our reporters and editors make extensive use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and newer tools such as Google+ and Foursquare, to find story tips and identify new sources.
They become "friends" with sources, potential sources and community members in an attempt to find and enrich stories just like this one.
It does not mean that they are personal friends with every Facebook "friend" - or have even met them in person.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Correction: An editorial on a Wallingford parking lot contained an error

A Thursday editorial erred in stating responsibilty for maintaining a parking lot off Simpson Court in Wallingford. Although the lot is privately owned, it is leased to the town and it is the town’s responsibiity to maintain it. A Monday referendum is being held on whether the town should spend $500,000 on improvements to the lot.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Correction: Wrong Candelora photo

Correction: A photo accompanying a story in Wednesday's print edition about North Branford election results showed state Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford. The photo should have been of his brother, Anthony Candelora, who was re-elected mayor Tuesday night. The correct photo appears here.

Correction: Shelton development scandal

Correction: A story on Tuesday's election published in print Wednesday and online incorrectly said "Staffieri has not been charged in the (Shelton development) scandal and denies any wrongdoing." The sentence should have referred to Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti, not Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri, who has no connection to the case. The jury in the Shelton case convicted developer James Botti of honest services mail fraud, structuring bank deposits and conspiracy to structure. The jury deadlocked on the charge of bribery of a public official.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Corrections: Misspelled names

Stories Thursday and Friday on Wayne Cooke’s signs misspelled the last name of Branford Board of Assessment Appeals Chairwoman Judith Burke.

A caption with a photo in Friday's print edition about the North Haven High School Drama Club’s production of "Medea" misspelled the last name of Myles Mocarski, who plays Jason.