Newspaper To Upgrade Training After OxyContin Flub


The Orlando Sentinel says it will train journalists better in checking on the backgrounds of article subjects after correcting a series about the painkiller OxyContin. Sentinel ombudsman Manning Pynn says the newspaper acted after it became clear that David Rokisky, who was portrayed sympathetically in the series, had pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge in New Mexico. Pynn said the Sentinel also omitted “less-than-flattering aspects of his background.” Now, he says, “the newspaper will initiate renewed training in performing background checks.”


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