For the Record - 04/17/2006

For the Record... Response to News Media Coverage of Gwinnett County Public Schools

In today's news media, the lines between legitimate news, editorial opinion, and "infotainment" can become blurred. Add to that tight deadlines and a rush to "get the story" and the result may be news coverage that is less accurate, balanced, and fair than it could be-- and should be.

Unfortunately, when erroneous or misleading stories appear in the news media, there are limited ways to counter the incorrect or incomplete information. In addition to asking the news media for a correction, many organizations are devising their own means for providing audiences with additional information and advising them of details not found in news media stories. That is why Gwinnett County Public Schools has set up "For the Record..." This space will be used to correct or clarify media stories about the school system, provide a context when one is lacking, point out errors in fact and editorializing, and also applaud news stories that are especially well done.

For the Record... will be updated daily and indexed by week, so you are encouraged to check the site regularly. Call the Department of Communication & Media Relations at 678-301-6020 with questions or comments.

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Corrections and Clarifications for the Week of 04/17/2006

April 17, 2006
No corrections or clarifications needed.

April 18, 2006
The column “My Opinion: Secrecy might just backfire on board" in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes GCPS land purchases. Correction: Only five of the pieces of land were shared for the first time last week. The others have been shared and posted on the system's Web site for months.

April 19, 2006
No corrections or clarifications needed.

April 20, 2006
Clarification to “Hearing to vanish Potter set for today” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: each side will present its case and then nine speakers, who previously signed up, will speak.

April 21, 2006
No corrections or clarifications needed.