I don’t have time to launch into specifics right now, but it really is disconcerting how little “reporting” is actually taking place anymore.
It’s a good idea to call the organization you’re writing about before you just repeat secondhand information as if it’s fact. Even if you’re writing a negative story about someone or something, journalism 101 states you must at least make an effort to contact the entity before you run with it.
You might just find out you were wrong. Very very wrong.
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Yep. Isn’t it called something like ‘due diligence’ and if you don’t perform it you can go to jail?
You would think that to become a journalist, you would have to go to school for it or something. Sheesh.