Journalists vary widely in how they handle fact checking, study finds

02/27/2013 |

Journalists place high value on accuracy and verification, but the methods journalists use to verify their work varies from one professional to the next, research finds. The study also found that journalists distinguish between minor and major elements in a story, assigning less verification weight to broader claims. "A small, easily checkable fact needs to be checked; a larger but greyer assertion, not so much -- unless it is defamatory,” the study found.

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