Checking facts? Try these 5 steps

not teaching,still THINKING … Fact checking has everyone’s attention again. And for good reason. So this is a good time to share a trusted method that will draw your attention to how many facts can appear in a story. It is a step-by-step fact-checking exercise that reporters have routinely followed in the past. We think […]

Take care with the smallest details

not teaching,still THINKING 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 […]

Bread recipe serves as important lesson

not teaching,still THINKING … Like homemade bread? So does a former colleague — a highly respected, now retired journalist who posted a baguette recipe on social media recently. But he transposed two important ingredients. No problem. Being the professional that he is, he immediately posted a correction.  Sunday, 3:01 p.m.: Recipe posted. Monday, 1:13 a.m.: […]

Check. Recheck. Check again.

not teaching,still THINKING … One small change can make a big difference. As journalists, we want the difference to be a positive one. That’s why everyone needs an editor. The following examples of published errors are worth repeating. The mistakes range from transposed numbers to wrong information from a source. That’s how: Barrette appears as […]

Right your wrongs with transparency

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. An important thing to remember as journalists is that when errors occur, we must be transparent with our audience. The same is true when we update information in an already published story. There is a difference between correcting something that is outright wrong and updating a story as new […]

Turn on and stay on — all the time

not teaching,still THINKING … Spaghetti supper one night recently turned into a lesson relearned in how we need to be “on” all the time. The spaghetti saga starts with two cooks in the kitchen. Cook 1 boiled the water. Cook 2 added the pasta. Easy enough. But a simple meal took a nasty turn in […]