Fact-checking is about both the big and the small, the grit of details and the arc of story.
“What checking does is similar to so many other types of editing,” says Yvonne Rolzhausen, head of the fact-checking department at The Atlantic. “Ultimately it’s about the care that you take with a piece.”
Rolzhausen first interned at The Atlantic during her senior year of college and started as a proofreader there in 1993. Early in her career, she had to head to the Boston Public Library to go through microfiche for her work.
“It wasn’t pre-Internet, but it wasn’t too far off,” she said.
We spoke about the work of fact-checkers and lessons the rest of us can learn from them.
1. It’s about the details.
The only way you can look at any piece, whether it’s a paragraph or a 20,000-word story, is in detail — every word, every phrase, every connection. Read more