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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

UH newspaper unable to identify reporter's sources

Advertiser Staff

The University of Hawai'i-Manoa student newspaper yesterday said it has been unable to identify the existence of 29 people quoted in 14 stories by a reporter over the past 17 months.

The Ka Leo newspaper posted a correction on its Web site after reviewing all its stories between January 2008 and last month.

The newspaper says it's unable to find university records for 21 of the people. For eight other names, the newspaper found students with the same or similar names who were not enrolled as students at the time they were quoted.

"In conversations with editors, the reporter said some of the errors resulted from poor handwriting, stress and errors caused by the copy desk," the paper's correction said.

Ka Leo's correction said the paper would require all reporters to provide e-mail addresses and phone numbers for all sources quoted in their stories. Ka Leo said it will "continue to strive to make sure that everything printed in the newspaper is a fact."