Why we’re all living in a post-fact world

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog, Interviewing |

The move to even shorter news cycles can only mean one thing: less time to check the facts. I don’t envy those reporting on Brexit or the US Presidential campaign, where you’re always one step behind; broadcast news often lags even further behind. I’ve been a fact-checker for business publications where you’re often running up against a tight deadline, but that’s nothing compared to live interviews for broadcast news. Politicians get to express...

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Why isn’t fact checking easy?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Articles, Editing, Website | 1 comment

Get your facts right, they said. All the companies featured in the publication I was working on were multinationals and household names. And their top people had been interviewed for the accompanying worldwide TV series, so it wasn’t like I was being asked for investigative journalism. A quick cross checking, was all that was required for a ‘fast facts’ sidebar, to break up the page and draw the reader into reading the longer piece. Double...

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