Online journalism may bring in considerably less revenue than old-fashioned print -- but it makes fixing screw-ups a helluva lot easier. Example: In the Message column in the physical Westword, which will arrive at distribution points throughout metro Denver and beyond later today, I write that with the addition of three former Rocky Mountain News staffers, the Denver Post will now have five metro columnists, counting its own pair, Susan Greene and Bill Porter. But while Porter continues to be listed on the Post's news columnist web page, a February 26 Post article about new hires mentions toward the bottom that Porter "will give up his column and return to writing and editing in Features and do special reporting projects for the paper."
The online version of the column has already been corrected; it's scheduled to go live in a few hours. But the gaffe will appear on the printed page, undoubtedly prompting gales of laughter and oodles of richly deserved derision -- just like in the old days. Sorry.
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