An apol­ogy to Post read­ers

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Newsbites -

On Page A4 of the Con­necti­cut Post on Satur­day, one of the worst imag­in­able ty­pos ap­peared in a head­line about the death of a Bridge­port man.

In­stead of “Dump truck worker chokes to death,” the head­line read, “Dumb truck worker chokes to death.”

We were mor­ti­fied by this mis­take, and want to ex­tend our deep­est apolo­gies to read­ers of the Post and the fam­ily and friends of Ruben Ro­dri- guez. We are sorry for your loss, know that it’s dif­fi­cult enough when a tragedy like this is writ­ten about pub­licly in the news­pa­per, and re­gret the ad­di­tional pain that may have been caused by our er­ror.

The peo­ple who re­port the news, edit sto­ries, lay out pages and write head­lines for the Con­necti­cut Post fre­quently dis­cuss how to present dif­fi­cult sto­ries in a way that does not cause fur­ther harm to the vic­tims of tragedies such as this. Mis­takes like this one have the op­po­site ef­fect, and we are sorry for not catch­ing it.

If any reader would like to dis­cuss the mis­take or our process for avoid­ing such er­rors, you can con­tact me at matt. derienzo@ hearst­medi­act. com or 203- 842- 2556.

— Matt DeRienzo, vice pres­i­dent of news, matt. derienzo@ hearst­medi­act. com.

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