FIR Interview: Craig Silverman, – May 16, 2008

“Regret the error” is a phrase that appears daily in newspapers around the world – the standard admission that something has gone terribly wrong in the reporting, editing or printing of an article. This brief notice is generally accompanied by an equally terse correction.

But Craig Silverman, founder and editor of, goes beyond the boilerplate to ask key questions that concern everyone who follows the news, both print, broadcast and online.

In this FIR Interview, Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz joined in conversation with Craig Silverman to discuss some key questions – including: what can be done to minimize mistakes? does a culture of error degrade our media-driven society? – address a key theme of Regret The Error, Craig’s new book, as well as focus on the key question of specific relevance to those of us in journalism and PR: What can we do about it?

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About our Conversation Partner

Craig SilverrmanCraig Silverman is a Montreal journalist and author. In addition to founding and editing, he is a columnist and blogger for The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper in Canada, and a columnist for Hour, a Montreal Weekly.

His writing has also appeared in publications including The New York Times, Editor & Publisher online, the Montreal Gazette, and Report on Business magazine, among others.

In November 2007, Regret The Error was published by Union Square Press.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.