A decade into the ombudsman's corner

The Corrections and Clarifications column might have been a tedious, time-consuming and exhausting process. But it also opened up the space for interesting engagement between the readers and the journalists of this newspaper.

February 29, 2016 04:59 pm | Updated December 09, 2016 08:48 pm IST

The Readers' Editors of 'The Hindu' so far - K. Narayanan, S. Viswanathan and A.S.Panneerselvan

The Readers' Editors of 'The Hindu' so far - K. Narayanan, S. Viswanathan and A.S.Panneerselvan

Since the post of the Readers' Editor was established 10 years ago to this day at The Hindu , there have been a total of three persons who have occupied the seat of the ombudsman (there was a vaccuum for a period of the three months in 2012 alone, but the work was carried out by the other staff who worked under the RE).

More than 8,200 corrections and clarifications have been published in the span of a decade from the office of the RE, and from the data available we clearly see the number has declined by as much as 30% in this time* :

*This is apart from the corrections carried in the regional pages and the responses sent to readers individually whenever the paper is right.

And the loyal readers have reached out to us through every means of communication possible, be it to point out mistakes or simply to probe more into the fact of the matter:

Engagement between the reader and the journalist often results in the most interesting of outcomes...or sometimes probably a bit of the mundane, esoteric and even the humourous. Here are ten such instances:

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