Verification

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    8 techniques for finding and fixing errors in your writing

    Mistakes are not necessarily an indicator of skill — or lack thereof. Certainly, a journalist who consistently makes factual errors is in need of training and guidance. But any of us can make a mistake at any time.

    Here's a list of useful tips and tricks for identifying and preventing mistakes in your work.

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    6 ways to spread facts

    The simple but frustrating truth is that facts alone are not enough to convince people. Even the most thorough, accurate piece of reporting might still be trumped by a poorly reasoned and false counterargument. Therefore, it's crucial to understand how to publish persuasive factual journalism.

    Here are some tips for spreading facts:

    Don't Hesitate: Act quickly to dispel and debunk myths. The longer journalists wait to challenge misinformation, the more entrenched the lies become.

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    4 factors that influence people's attitudes toward facts

    The simple but frustrating truth is that facts alone are not enough to provide context and clarity for your audience. Even the most thorough, accurate piece of reporting might still be trumped by a poorly reasoned and false counterargument.

    Decades of research into the way humans process information and deal with misinformation and propaganda show that people are more inclined to believe things that are in line with their existing views — even if proven truth contradicts their beliefs.

    Here are some factors that make it difficult to convince people of facts.

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    9 approaches to fact-checking and verification

    Tools and technologies play a key role in verification. But traditional journalistic approaches remain essential. Be skeptical of everything that crosses your path, guard against assumptions and work with colleagues to bring fresh eyes to what you find.

    Here are some verification practices to apply:

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    9 questions that help you verify information

    If you're publishing content, you have a responsibility to verify your information before you share it with others.

    But you don't have to be cynical and assume everything is wrong.

    Try being skeptical instead. Skepticism leads to better questions. It is the product of curiosity and critical thinking.

    Some of the best questions to ask before publishing information include:

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    Maligned gay marriage study: The far-reaching lessons for journalists

    A now notorious study on same-sex marriage underscores a frequent newsroom reality: Political polling or a piece of academic research arrives and is by and large blindly passed along to readers, viewers and listeners.

    If it’s seemingly headline grabbing, like the derided study on whether gay canvassers could change voters' views in fundamental ways, the “news” value rises.

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    Amnesty International launches video verification tool, website

    Amnesty International is in the verification game and that is good news for journalism.

    When journalists monitor and search social networks, they’re looking to discover and verify newsworthy content. Amnesty utilizes the same networks and content — but their goal is to gather and substantiate evidence of human rights abuses.

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