Survey: Journalists tend to publish first, check facts later

An international survey by Dutch firm ING indicates most journalists publish stories first and check their facts later.

Just 20 percent of journalist respondents said they always fact-check before publishing. In sum, the report says, “‘Publish first, correct if necessary’ is the order of the day”:


The survey also found that 3 in 5 journalists agree with this statement: “On social media I am less bound by journalistic rules than in traditional media”:


View the full report, which also surveyed PR professionals, here and below:


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  • Ruben Dario Diaz

    Checking in extreme is a tradition from print media. Once published there is no way back. One of the main disruptions in digital journalism is the speed of information and the possibility of correcting. Obviously, journalists rely on the credibility of their sources and will avoid mistakes as much as possible for gaining readers’ confidence. That’s why readers penalize more traditional media for over verifications and delays than faster and incomplete information from new media.

  • lunarcamelco

    I can’t understand why someone would be drawn to such a low-paying profession if they don’t believe they’re doing something useful or gratifying with it, and I don’t understand why any journalist would find it either useful or gratifying to publish first and fact-check later.

  • Jim Lynn

    Absolutely frightening.