“Getting It Right”
From Robert J. Haiman’s Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists:
“Veteran San Jose Mercury News reporters Pete Carey and Mike Antonucci have been reading stories or parts of stories back to sources for years ‘in the interest of getting it right.’ Says Carey: ‘If I’m quoting someone, I want them to pick up the paper in the morning and say, ‘Yeah, that is exactly how I feel about it’” (27).
I found this to be a shocking idea. I honestly never even considered sharing a draft or passage of an article with an expert. However, I think it is an excellent idea. As this reading stressed, many times in the journalism field, reporters are called upon to report on things they may not know a lot about. They should do their best to research ahead of time on the internet and to take classes which will help prepare them, but what better way to ensure accuracy than to ask an expert to look it over. Furthermore, not only will this safeguard the accuracy of the story, it will also make sure your source is satisfied that you expressed his or her opinion correctly. This could go a long way towards increasing his or her trust of your newspaper and make them more willing to help you in the future. I don’t think it would be realistic or time efficient to read him or her a whole article, but having the source look over a specific passage seems like a great way of “getting it right.”
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