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On 10 June 2011 13:19, Luiz Carlos <> wrote:


Em 10-06-2011 08:32, Simon Phipps escreveu:
On 10 Jun 2011, at 12:22, Andrea Pescetti wrote:

Italo Vignoli wrote:
It's great to see that the LibreOffice download size will be 30
MBytes... if only that was true! It must be an invariant that, however
accurate the information provided to them, journalists always manage to
get something wrong.
It's not just journalists. All human communications have that effect,
hence the game "Chinese Whispers"[1]. That's why when I give a conference
keynote I try to also publish my thoughts before or at the same time, so
there can be no doubt what I think. It's also why reports of what others
said or think should be treated as suspect (a concept described in English
as "Hearsay"[2]) until there's a supporting source provided.

The lesson I have learned is that I should treat each error in an article
where I am the source as my own failure to present the information in a way
that was effective for the journalist.  On the other hand, as a journalist I
always appreciate rapid, polite, factual and constructive corrections to my
articles and apply them as soon as I can.


That is why it exists in large corporations and institutions a
department to assist journalists, also known as the Communications
Department. Journalists are generalists, not obliged, therefore, to know


Luiz Oliveira

I have found that drafting the article and sending to the journalist can
work quite well. They can edit it and adapt it but it's less likely that
factual errors creep in. Of course the downside is that it takes more time
but that might be worth it for important reports.


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