Sorry, Wrong Number

“We’re not a fancy retweeting service for companies and governments—our role is to verify information.”

This passage stuck out to me because it seems like something we have a tendency to do as amateur journalists. I found myself recently taking quotes from a news story to help my own story. I took the quotes and credited my source, but I almost didn’t check them with a second source. Luckily, the quotes I used were correct, but they just as easily could not have been, and then I would have been “published” an incorrect story.

As someone who doesn’t like math, I can see the appeal in taking numbers from a source and inserting them into a story without checking them, but that isn’t our job. Our job is not to just tell the world exactly what our source said, but to double check the information and write truthful stories.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Number


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