Monday, October 31, 2011

Plagiarism uncovered in deer carcass story

A serious incident of plagiarism was brought to our attention on Friday regarding an Oct. 26 Middletown Press story about the arrest of a man who was field-dressing a deer carcass near Wesleyan University. The story also appeared in the print edition of The Register Citizen. CLICK HERE for an editor's note explaining the actions we are taking in response to the incident.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

CORRECTION: United Way campaign extended to Nov. 10, not Nov. 1

The headline on an earlier online version of a story about the United Way of Northwest Connecticut incorrectly reported that its annual fundraising campaign was being extended to Nov. 1. It is being extended to Nov. 10.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Winsted fire station's Halloween open house omitted

An earlier version of a roundup of local Halloween events posted this morning mistakenly omitted an event at the Winsted fire station. The Winsted Fire Department will hosting its first Open house and haunted maze on Monday evening, Oct. 31. This is a free event for all ages. Firefighter will be on hand to tour the fire trucks, learn fire prevention and safety and for those who dare make their way through the haunted house. Donations are being accepted for materials.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CORRECTION: Yoga benefit in Litchfield, not Winsted

An October 14 story on a "Gentle Yoga" class benefiting the FISH shelter in Torrington incorrectly implied that the class would take place in Winsted, where its organizer, Bohdiworks, is located. It will take place Nov. 2 at Wisdom House in Litchfield.

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CORRECTION: Winsted parent's name misspelled

A print and earlier online version of an October 22 story, "Winsted parents: Hinsdale Elementary School has mold, and our kids are getting sick," misspelled the name of a Winsted parent who spoke out about the problem. She is Melissa Asselin, not "Melissa Aslund."


CORRECTION: Torrington Titans are collegiate, not 'minor league,' baseball team

A print and earlier online version of an October 18 story about the city of Torrington renewing its contract with the Torrington Titans baseball team incorrectly referred to the Titans as a "minor league" franchise. The Titans are an amateur summer collegiate league team, not a "minor league" team as typically associated with Major League Baseball.


Corrections Archive

We will be posting all new corrections to this blog (as well as within the stories where a mistake is made), so to start we wanted to link to previous corrections posted on RegisterCitizen.Com:

Check our facts, challenge our process, help us improve accuracy

Last year, we added a simple but hopefully clear and visible statement of accountability to our readers and sources on The Register Citizen's website.
Our "Fact Check" form at the bottom of every story asked readers to tell us if they find an error in our reporting.
Earlier this year, we improved that program with a new form that gives readers the opportunity to expand those reports. It asks for ways that we could have improved the story, or other sources we should contact on the topic. It also gives readers an optional opportunity to provide their own contact information to be a source on the topic in the future.
We also added a clear, written corrections policy and corrections collected in one place on the web.
Today, we're filling in a key missing piece - a better mechanism for us to let you know what happens after you submit a "Fact Check" report.
We'll be using this blog to publicize corrections to stories, to explain, if possible, how we made a particular mistake and to give you a better window into our reporting process.
We will also take some Fact Check reports that we could not confirm or feel were not valid and explain how we came to that conclusion and chose not to make a correction.
If you have any questions about this process, we'd love to talk to you.
You can reach me, Matt DeRienzo, at; Editor Rick Thomason at; or Managing Editor Emily M. Olson at

Monday, October 24, 2011

Register Citizen Corrections Policy

The Register Citizen strives for accuracy in the news stories and other content that are published on RegisterCitizen.Com and in its print edition.
We are committed to correcting all errors that come to our attention, and encourage readers, story sources and the community at-large to point them out to us.
Errors can be brought to our attention in a number of ways, including contacting the reporter who wrote the story in question by email or phone, or contacting Editor John Berry at or 860-489-3121, ext. 333, Managing Editor Emily M. Olson at or 860-489-3121, ext. 334, or Group Editor Matt DeRienzo at
Readers can also use the "Fact Check" form that appears at the bottom of every story that we publish on RegisterCitizen.Com. You can report errors anonymously, or provide an email and/or other contact information so that we can confirm receipt and/or action on the matter, and ask you to clarify if necessary.
We believe that no correction is too small to deserve our attention, and so we urge readers to notify us of everything from clear errors in fact, to misspelling of names, to improper or missing context that leads to a misrepresentation of the issue being discussed.
We strive to correct errors in our reporting as quickly as possible, and in several ways.
If a story has appeared both online and in print, we will print a correction in both places. Our Corrections box in the print edition of The Register Citizen appears on our daily editorial page. Our Corrections page online is at RegisterCitizen.Com/news/corrections.
Because we are able to edit stories online after they are initially published, we will do so to fix the information that was wrong. But we will also list a note at the bottom of the story marked "CORRECTION" that points out what was changed from the earlier version of the story. That correction note will also appear at RegisterCitizen.Com/news/corrections.
Online and in print, we believe that corrections should repeat the error and then report what the correct information is so that readers get the full picture of how our reporting and/or editing went wrong.
We can't guarantee a mistake-free newspaper and website, but we can pledge to be transparent about how we deal with and correct mistakes. That is the goal of this corrections policy and corrections page. If you feel points are missing from this policy, please contact Group Editor Matt DeRienzo at with your suggestions.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Expanded Register Citizen Fact Check Form