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Eight Simple Rules for Doing Accurate Journalism

By Craig Silverman | On Columbia Journalism Review

As Craig Silverman says, some of these points are clichés. But as a young Web Journalist, it’s always good to have these ones in mind.

1. A journalist is only as good as her sources 

2. The initial, mistaken information will be retweeted more than any subsequent correction

3. Verification before dissemination 

4. People will forget who got it first, but they remember who got it wrong. 

5. Failure sucks but instructs 

6. If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out. (Sorry, mom.)

7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is 

8. It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.

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