Well, I like to think I have been fairly accurate during my time as a freelance writer. I usually don't get a lot of complaints, and I have gotten several nice cards.
That's why when things like this happen, I look at what went wrong so next time I can avoid the issues.
I wrote an article about a very nice man, Mike Reifle. He carves these incredible dragons and the story is HERE.
I didn't state in the story what city he was from -- which normally means he is from the city the paper is published in. In this case, Silverton. But the editor thought he was from Mount Angel. So that's where the problem came in.
Normally when you are writing about a community other than the one the paper is published in, you use a dateline. For example:
CANBY -- Patrick and Cindy Johnson are expecting another baby, so they bought a minivan last week.
This coming week there is going to be a correction in the paper and Mr. Reifle was very cool about the whole thing.
"I've always wanted to live in Mount Angel," was his response. Nice guy.
Here is his website, buy some of his carvings. :)