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:


  • Sam Kirkland

    Sam Kirkland is Poynter's digital media fellow, focusing on mobile and social media trends. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as a digital editor, where he helped launch digital magazines and ebooks in addition to other web duties.


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