Take care with the smallest details

By · Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

not teaching,

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What’s right and what’s not? It is a major question these days as we consume and scrutinize every bit of news coming at us from all levels of government and agencies, not to mention from colleagues, family, friends and strangers on social media.

While we are not disseminating information about the coronavirus pandemic, we can offer some simple reminders about all the things that can be wrong in a story.

Watch for — and prevent — these as a journalist. Be aware of them as a consumer.

Name errors

Number errors

Title errors

Photo errors

Superlative errors

A society cannot survive and thrive without accuracy and trust. We must be vigilant with the smallest of details so we can get the major ones right.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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