Apr 1, 2009


Newseum Announces Mistakes Were Made

"Correct Me If I’m Wrong: Press Bloopers as Seen in the Newseum" now on sale

WASHINGTON, April 1 — The Newseum has released a new book collecting more than 150 mistakes that appeared in the nation’s newspapers over the past 40 years. "Correct Me If I’m Wrong: Press Bloopers as Seen in the Newseum" brings together a variety of editorial missteps from newspapers big and small across the country.

The snippets featured in the collection include errant headlines — "Asteroid Nearly Misses Earth" (The Washington Post, June 24, 2002) — and questionable photo captions, messed-up weather maps, curious copy and even some regrettably incorrect corrections, such as this one from the Sept. 2, 1976, Evening Herald of Rock Hill, S.C.: "Chief Blue, the last full-blooded Catawba Indian Chief died in 1959. The Evening Herald incorrectly said Wednesday that he died three years ago due to a reporting error."

The items selected for inclusion in "Correct Me If I’m Wrong" were collected by Gloria Cooper, the former deputy executive editor of Columbia Journalism Review. Cooper edited the magazine’s popular "Lower Case" feature, from which the book collection was drawn, for more than 30 years.

Many of the media mistakes featured in the book were incorporated into the public restrooms of the Newseum, which opened in April 2008 in downtown Washington, D.C. The "bathroom bloopers" are a popular feature for visitors, according to Newseum Vice President/Marketing and Deputy Director Susan Bennett.

The 97-page paperback is available at the Newseum Store ($9.95/copy) and can be purchased online at newseum.org

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The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfilling its mission of providing a forum where the media and the public can gain a better understanding of each other.

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