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An Ounce of Prevention

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A presentation for student journalists on how to verify information before stories are published.

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An Ounce of Prevention

  1. 1. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION … By Marina Hendricks November 2011
  2. 2. How do we avoid mistakes … and the corrections that follow?
  3. 3. VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY
  4. 4. Verification <ul><li>Is the lead sufficiently supported? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the background material required to understand the story complete? </li></ul><ul><li>Are all the stakeholders identified? </li></ul><ul><li>Have representatives of all sides been contacted and given a chance to talk? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the story take sides? Will some like it more than they should? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil
  5. 5. Verification <ul><li>Has everything in the story been attributed, documented and/or independently confirmed to make sure it is correct? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the facts back up the premise of the story? Are there multiple sources for controversial facts? </li></ul><ul><li>Have all quotes been double-checked for accuracy and context? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil
  6. 6. Verification <ul><li>Have websites, phone numbers and names been checked? </li></ul><ul><li>Do all first references have first and last names? Spelled correctly? </li></ul><ul><li>Have ages, addresses and titles been checked? </li></ul><ul><li>Do time references include day and date? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil
  7. 7. WHEN YOU ASSUME …
  8. 8. Assume Nothing <ul><li>Don’t rely on officials, news accounts or social media reports. </li></ul><ul><li>Get as close as you can to primary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Be systematic and methodical. Check – and check again. </li></ul><ul><li>Corroborate. Who can back the source’s story? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil

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