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Anthony De Rosa on verifying news: ‘I take in a lot and I put back out very little’

If some information is already out there, do you need to say so?

This is a conundrum faced by many journalists, though not everyone sees it as a conundrum.

For example, if media in Vietnam report news about a missing … Read more


Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

Photo debunking accounts spring up to call out viral fakes on Twitter

Paulo Ordoveza says there’s nothing complicated about what he’s doing.

Ordoveza, 37, follows roughly 100 Twitter accounts that share remarkable photos of earth, space, historical moments and other events. Then he calls them out from his @PicPedant handle for tweeting … Read more


Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014


Slate’s good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

On Saturday night, Slate made a very funny, embarrassing error on Twitter:

Javier Bardem and Vladimir Putin aren’t exactly lookalikes. It’s a funny mistake, and thanks to … Read more


Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio

Washington Post expands fact-checking project — and not just to movie trailers

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting the same fact-checking treatment thanks to the latest evolution of The Washington Post’s Truth Teller project.

The actor and the senator each figure prominently in new videos produced by Truth … Read more


Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

A Washington Post story about the capture of a Mexican drug lord mistakenly said the man was arrested while sleeping with his secretary:

An earlier version of this story erroneously said that Joaquín Guzmán was found in bed with his secretary. He was found with his wife. This version has been corrected.

Washington Post


Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Upworthy details why it fact-checks every post (and why it used GIFs in a correction)

In the battle for viral shares and views, Upworthy believes it has an advantage over other sites such as ViralNova: a team of fact-checkers.

Ironically, this group’s existence is today better known after an August correction from the site resurfaced Read more


A Guardian report about the Brit Awards included an error resulting from a band named the xx, an album called xx, and placeholder text marked “XX”:

Arctic Monkeys performed their song R U Mine at the Brit awards, not Do I Wanna Know? as we said in early editions (Starman shines all the young dudes, 20 February, page 3). The report also said “XX … won the best video award voted for live on the night by fans on social media”. “XX” was not, as some might have thought, a miscapitalised reference to the xx – the band whose debut album, xx, won the Mercury prize in 2010 – but a piece of placeholder text that was intended to be replaced by the name of the winning band when it was announced. As the version of the report in later editions said, the best video award went to One Direction.

The Guardian

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Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014


Upworthy’s GIF-laden correction sparks debate

Viral news curator Upworthy featured a video that put McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets under a microscope to reveal “strange fibers, blue objects, red coloring and other odd shapes.”

That’s what the description of the video on YouTube says it shows — … Read more


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

A Wall Street Journal story about Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek features a correction that reveals the writer’s (and editors’) lack of hip-hop knowledge:

An earlier version incorrectly said Mr. Celek had Two Chairs on his playlist instead of 2 Chainz.

Hat tip to Deadspin for spotting it.

The Wall Street Journal

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

The Guardian corrects: Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t gay

A Guardian contributor mistakenly cited Sir Patrick Stewart as being gay, resulting in this correction:

This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said ‘Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s

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