The Fact Checker's Bible: A Guide to Getting It Right

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18 déc. 2007 - 192 pages
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  These days fact-checking can seem like a lost art.  The Fact Checker's Bible arrives not a moment too soon: it is the first—and essential—guide to the important but increasingly neglected task of checking facts, whatever their source.

We are all overwhelmed with information that claims to be factual, but even the most punctilious researcher, writer, and journalist can sometimes get it wrong, so checking facts has become a more pressing task.  Now Sarah Harrison Smith, former New Yorker fact checker and currently head of checking for The New York Times Magazine explains exactly how to:

*Reading for accuracy
*Determine what to check
*Research the facts
*Assess sources: people, newspapers and magazines, books, the Internet, etc.
*Check quotations
*Understand the legal liabilities
*Look out for and avoid the dangers of plagiarism

For everyone from students to journalists to editors, the methods and practices outlined in The Fact Checker’s Bible provide both a standard and a working manual for how to get the facts right.

 

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Table des matières

Introduction
3
Is That a Fact?
16
Source Material N4
26
Working with Authors and Editors
41
Checking Quotations and Talking to Sources
64
Plagiarism and Fabrication
87
Libel
103
Checking Fiction and Poetry
120
Special FactChecking
131
Checking Resources 14
149
Bibliography l
172
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Sarah Harrison Smith has been a fact checker at The New Yorker and head of checking at The New York Times Magazine, where she is now editorial manager. She lived in New York City.

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