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UW-Madison JOURN 201 - Fact-Checking

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Journalism 201 1st Edition Lecture 8Outline of Last Lecture I. In the news todayII. Details on UW-CutsIII. What Happens nextIV. What can you do?Outline of Current Lecture II. A Brief History of Fact-CheckingIII. Titles (throughout the process)IV. New Type of fact checking has developedV. What do fact checkers do?VI. How do huge errors/ claims get published?Current LectureI. A Brief History of Fact-Checking by: Lucas Gravesa. Barack Obamai. Rumor of him being born in Kenyaii. Writer stated the error was by heriii. This example is why fact checking is so importantII. Titles (throughout the process)a. Proofreader: A person who reads text in proof in order to find and mark errors orcorrectionb. Copy Editor: one who edits copy for printing c. Fact-Checker: a person who verifies the factual accuracy of an article before publicationi. In the New York Times they have to put a red check next to every wordii. Now days they have reduced the department which leads to more mistakes because reporters or editors have to do the fact checkingIII. New type of fact-checking has developeda. Very lively and may cause a lot of unnecessary dramab. Fact checking websitesi. Factchecking.orgii. Politifact.comc. This has become a national trendIV. What do fact checkers do?a. They take an error and turn it into a follow up article addressing the claimThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.b. They add links to where the right information can be foundV. How do huge errors/claims get published?a. They don’t have time to check the factsb. Some feel it’s better to report what the politician said because if they challenge itpeople could think they’re biasc. Politicians would start excluding the company from their group if you addressed their errors, therefore, they need to protect their


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