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If you see an error in paper, call the editor

If you see a mistake in your hometown newspaper, who you gonna call?

The editor or the reporter who wrote the story.

At the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune, we strive for accuracy. It’s our highest aim as we report the news that reflects back to readers what’s happening in their communities. But if, very occasionally, we don’t get it right, we want to know we got it wrong.

Immediately.

That’s right, we’d like you to call us out if you recognize a factual error in the paper or on our website. We’ll correct or clarify it. This week, unfortunately, Washington County Parks Superintendent Todd Winter informed us that he had been “grossly misquoted” in a story that ran in the News-Times a whole year ago.

Apparently, a reporter last summer thought Winter had said a campground at Hagg Lake would be completed by this summer, when Winter had actually been talking about the completion of a feasibility study for the campground — not the campground itself. The error from that misunderstanding appeared not just in the story but in a bold headline on Page A1.

But we didn’t find that out until last week. So instead of printing a highly visible correction in the very next issue of the paper on June 29, 2014, we have an updated front-page story this week that includes a reference to the error.

So please, help us help you. We have a great batting average when it comes to reporting accurate information. But we’re human — and you won’t hurt our feelings if you let us know when we whiff on the ball.

Our office number — to praise or to pan — is 503-357-3181.

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