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Academic research: ‘Huge growth’ in fact checking by the media

As some wring their hands about a decline in newsroom resources and quality, there’s a “huge growth” in fact checking in the coverage of politics, according to a new academic study. Several thousand papers were delivered at the Midwest...Show More Summary

Plagiarism questions at Chicago paper owned by a state legislator

Better Government Association Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) The Better Government Association (BGA), a Chicago-based investigative journalism nonprofit, has accused the editors of the Desplaines Valley News of plagiarizing numerous stories in a series of unsigned editorials. Show More Summary

How the Rouhani Meter fact-checks Iran’s president from 6,000 miles away

This article was republished with permission by the Duke Reporters’ Lab. Daniel Carp is a senior researcher at Duke University. The capital of Iran’s fact-checking movement is not in Tehran, but Toronto. When Farhad Souzanchi wantedShow More Summary

Quartz experiment: Shades of gray distinguish facts from hearsay

As of Sunday night, there remained many unknown elements about the over-the-top subscription service that HBO will launch this year. CEO Richard Plepler confirmed back in October that the premium cable channel would offer the service in 2015. Show More Summary

UK Guardian retracts key parts of Whisper stories

Wall Street Journal | Guardian Last October, the UK Guardian ran a contentious story alleging that managers of Whisper, a mobile app that is designed to enable users to send messages anonymously, learned that the paper was investigating them and rewrote their terms of service and privacy policies, in possible violation of federal law. Show More Summary

Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter is republishing with permission. The spread of Ebola in West Africa, and now into Dallas, has stoked plenty of misinformation about the Ebola virus, its origins and the...Show More Summary

Heat mag to Jessica Biel: Sorry we made up your quotes. Also that JT ‘gets flirty’

The Guardian | Irish Times Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake settled a defamation suit with a celebrity magazine in Ireland, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. A September edition of Heat quotes Biel and writes about Timberlake’s behavior at a nightclub in Paris. Show More Summary

3 lessons in mobile, social and viral from Latin American newspapers

I recently spent two days at the beautiful offices of El Comercio, the largest and oldest newspaper in Peru. Grupo de Diarios América bought together journalists from newspapers all over Latin America for a seminar about social media. Show More Summary

New York Times column used quote from fake news site ‘without attribution’

A late entry for 2014?s Correction of the Year comes from The New York Times. It features an early version of a column published in error; a quote taken from ludicrous article in a fake news website that was treated as real and used...Show More Summary

The lesson from the dress color debate that every journalist needs to know

Yesterday’s insane Internet debate over the color of a dress offers a critical lesson that every journalist must incorporate into their daily work. This lesson has nothing to do with viral content, fashion, BuzzFeed, social media,Show More Summary

Virginian-Pilot corrects relationship between a parrot and cat

A correction from The Virginian-Pilot: Because of an editing error, a story (“Odd Fellows”) in the Sunday Magazine section about unusual relationships between animals incorrectly characterized interactions between Nikki the parrot and Mavish the cat. The parrot does talk and… Read more

Campaign to eliminate media mentions of ‘Polish death camps’ claims success with AP Stylebook change

This was been a good week for Alex Storozynski, the president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and a former journalist with the New York Daily News and the New York Sun, among other publications. (He shared a… Read more

Correction: Boney James not recording music for Hustler DVD

Correction: Boney James not recording music for Hustler DVD “Entertainment news service WENN issued a correction to say a musician is not recording for a porn film: In a story headlined ‘SNOOP & MACK 10 RECORD MUSIC FOR PORN FILM’,… Read more

NYT corrects three errors in Zaslow obit

The New York Times corrected three errors in its obituary for journalist Jeffrey Zaslow: An obituary on Saturday about the author Jeffrey Zaslow contained several errors. The bookstore where Mr. Zaslow appeared on Thursday, the night before he was killed… Read more

Politico mistakes state flag for union flag

Politico mistakes state flag for union flag, writes story based on error

Slate writer deliberately inserts untruths in review of ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’

The newly-released book “The Lifespan of a Fact” has benefited from some decent publicity. An excerpt of the book appeared in Harper’s, and there have been interesting articles in The New Yorker and Salon, among other… Read more

Column about ‘lowly’ copy editors elicits hilarious response from newspaper colleague

Steve Murray is a very funny “graphic columnist” for Canada’s National Post. This week, Murray also submitted a letter to the editor. Murray was moved to write to the paper after the Post published a column, “The lonely life of… Read more

Fact from fiction: PolitiFact draws ire for checking ‘Glee’

Has the Great Fact Checking Explosion reached a new level of strangeness so soon into the election year? Or to put it the way some did Tuesday: Has PolitFact jumped the shark? These questions are cropping up thanks to… Read more

A lot of love in this Talking Points Memo correction

A lot of love in this Talking Points Memo correction: “Correction: This article originally misidentified the milk carton’s partner as an egg. It is, in fact, a chocolate chip cookie, as a reader pointed out. We have since corrected the… Read more

Dominion Post retracts story that ignored ‘basic principles of reporting’

Dominion Post retracts story that ignored ‘basic principles of reporting’: On January 30 we ran a story about a 17-year-old Pakistani woman who claimed she had been forced into marriage and held hostage by her ex-husband and his family in… Read more

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