Editorial quality control for print content only at many magazines

Many magazines exempt their own websites from the editorial standards applied to their traditional print product, reports a study of editorial practices at 665 magazines by the Columbia Journalism Review. The study found 11 per cent do not copy edit web-only content at all while 48 per cent copy edit it less rigorously than print material. Fact checking was also applied less  rigorously for online-only content by 27 per cent of the magazines studied, while 8 per cent didn’t fact check web content and 8 per cent didn’t fact check web or print material. The study also states that 45 per cent of magazine web sites make factual corrections without alerting readers.