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by Stephanie Stricklen


Posted on March 19, 2008 at 6:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

Update: the corrected story runs today, Wednesday, at noon. Here are the links: First, a direct link to Greg's AHA fund raising page:

Second: a link to his website which has his church info, more on the running and a very, very nice entry about me (Thanks!!!!): http://www.gajohnson.org/

***Now this stuff below is me complaining from this morning-- before I knew the proper version would get a chance to air***

I can't even tell you how mad I am at myself right now. I made one of the sloppiest mistakes a reporter can make... the kind of mistake that I feel calls into question one's ability for basic reporting.

I got Pastor Greg Johnson's last name WRONG. I mean, if you can't get someone's last name right.. how are you supposed to manage any of the other details of a story, eh?


I was just flying through the script yesterday.. and without even realizing it.. I dropped in the name of another Greg I know. But the best/worst part is, I got the "super" right. The super is the name that appears on the screen when you interview someone. Only the sharp eyes in the booth during the newscast realized the super and what I said didn't match up. That's how I found out. The 5pm producer Gina messaged me to flag the inconsistency.

Pastor Greg was so kind he actually sent me an email thanking me for the story-- and not mentioning the mistake. So, I got into work this morning and winced as I watched the story HOPING I had somehow gotten it right in the audio booth even though it was so clearly wrong in the script.

Nope. No dice. I blew it.

So, this morning, I am going to try and bribe the photographer with offers of free coffee to correct the error and then I will beg the dot.com team to repost the story. Yeah, that's extra work for them because of MY mistake. I'm trying not to let this ruin my morning, but I'm really pretty mad at myself for such a sloppy, sloppy mistake.

((UPDATE: Our noon producer Karen gets the gold star for helping me reframe this. I was telling her how lousy my morning is and she actually did make me feel better by telling me that the good news is when your morning starts out lousy.. all that means is you have all day to turn it around. She's totally right. Thanks Karen! :-) ))