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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Corrections: Down in 2011

The Post published 877 corrections in print editions last year, down from 1054 corrections in 2010.

Readers may have seen Ombudsman Patrick Pexton’s recent column which reported 875 corrections (based on preliminary data). As Pexton’s column notes, corrections in 2011 were at the lowest level since The Post began counting in 2005. The table below tallies print corrections by year since 2005, when The Post began keeping track.

2011201020092008200720062005
Total87710541042964106912261320

The correction totals do not include online corrections. As Pexton's column notes, tallying corrections on the Web is a bit trickier since changes are often minor (i.e. fixing typos). If online corrections are substantial, posts will generally include an italicized correction at the top alerting readers to the fix.

Read our Digital Publishing Guidelines to learn more about how we handle online corrections and clarifications.

Have questions or feedback about corrections? Submit in the comments below or on Twitter using #askthepost.

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By Washington Post editors  |  12:58 PM ET, 01/03/2012

 
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