The following Correction appeared in today’s paper (Wednesday, 10/10/12):
Wrong day for dedication Mass: A story in Sunday’s Metro section about the dedication of Xavier University’s new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel incorrectly stated that the dedication Mass is scheduled for Saturday [October 13]. The Mass took place Oct. 6.
This blunder is a perfect example of the sloppy editing I wrote about two weeks ago. Here’s what happened (emphasis added in the quotations):
The story about Xavier’s new chapel first appeared online in NOLA.com, on Monday, October 1, here, and contained the following sentence:
The Drexel Chapel … is scheduled to be dedicated on Oct. 6 with an invitation-only Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond …
The date given for the dedication Mass was accurate. However, the article did not appear in print until almost a week later on Sunday, October 7, and in the print report the sentence was changed to read:
The Drexel Chapel … is scheduled to be dedicated Saturday with an invitation-only Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond …
Given the October 7 publication date of the print story, “Saturday” would be October 13, a week after the dedication Mass actually occurred.
The gaffe was caused by two things, both of which are inexcusable: (1) a six-day gap between the time the article was first published online and the time it appeared in print; and (2) sloppy editing of the copy.
As I said in a post on September 14:
Be prepared for a whole new set of “journalistic standards” when the T-P’s digital-first strategy is fully implemented.