Citizen Journalists Spur a Retraction

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I mentioned before how expat bloggers in Korea have been putting the Korean mainstream media to task on their fast-and-loose approach to statistics regarding foreigners. Well, it looks like they got through to one newspaper, The Hankyoreh, which issued a retraction and an apology for saying that over half of foreign English teachers quit their contracts. The statistic that they mistook for quitting contracts (which was really less than 5%) was the number of foreign teachers in public schools (66%).

That’s a wee bit of a difference.

Really, how lazily was that stat scanned before the headline was written?

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