I've been tasked with coming up with a correction for a mistake (not mine) made in the sub-headline for my story on the Maya. In that story, I debunked the myth of the so-called Mayan prophecy that the world would end December 21st.
The sub head said "The world likely won't end December 12" when I think the copy editor meant to say December 21 – the date certain fringe elements have been pushing as the next doomsday.
We definitely can't go with the standard correction format, which would lead to this: "A headline in yesterday's story on the Maya incorrectly stated the world likely will not end December 12." That might cause some needless alarm.
How about this: "The Inquirer incorrectly listed December 12th as the day the world would not end. The world will not end on December 21."