Editorial Standards - Updates and Corrections Policy
● Independent Journal Review is committed to ensuring that each piece of information is accurate in a story and making sure we are transparent with our readers. We are committed to letting our readers know when a story has been corrected or updated with additional information, from syndicated content to original breaking news stories.
● When a correction or retraction is added to a story, the editors are responsible for adding and/or supervising all editor’s notes, updates and corrections.
● When a story is updated for clarity or content but is not a factual update, we add an editor’s note to the bottom of the story.
● When a correction is issued, we place the correction at the bottom of the story, which also indicates when the correction was made. The language of the correction is standardized (as laid out in the Independent Journal Review Style Guide)
● When a story is updated with the addition of factual information, an update with the date as well as the additional information is added at the bottom of the story.
● When the text of a Reuters article or syndicated story is updated, a line is placed at the bottom of the page indicating when the update was made.
● In the case of a minor grammatical error or a typo, the story is changed accordingly and a correction is not issued.
● If a mistake is made in a social media post, IJR will publish a corrected version indicating that the new post is a correction. If it is not possible to edit the incorrect post, we should delete the original post and include a screenshot of the erroneous post in the correct version.
● If a story has serious issues that cannot be fixed, a retraction should be made at the beginning of the story that notes the problems with the piece. All errors made should be included in the retraction, as well as the correct information. In certain cases the entire mistaken piece may remain in place if necessary.