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Telling Real from Fake

June 2, 2017
This week, I’m sharing an article in the Columbia Journalism Review with guidelines for telling real news from fake.  It’s an issue many of you have asked about.  Here’s a sampling — click on the photo above for the entire article.

  1. Willingness to retract, correct, and implicitly or explicitly apologize for misstatements in a timely manner.
  2. A reliance on professional ethics, includingaccuracy, and an interest in contrary evidence.
  3. Following the story regardless of its political implications.
  4. Calm, declarative reporting. (No hyperventilating)
  5. Sources are identified.
  6. Use of commonly accepted data and databases and reliable authorities.
  7. Reliable news seeks ways to communicate its reliability.
  8. It is important that reporters develop a reputation, based on a track record, supported by the respect of their fellow journalists, by recognition with prizes, by promotion within news organizations that themselves have a track record of reliability.
This work isn’t easy.  But it is perhaps more important now than ever before.  Thanks so much for your support.
Warmest regards,

Mary Stucky
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