The Columbia Journalism Review has a post detailing eight rules for doing accurate journalism.
1. The initial, mistaken information will be retweeted more than any subsequent correction;
2. A journalist is only as good as her sources;
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;
7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is;
8. It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.
There is further explanation and examples for each of the above ideas in the CJR post.
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