Is one source enough? Verification in Canadian newspapers

Authors: Bédard-Brûlé, IsabelleBrin, Colette; Shapiro, Ivor; Mychajlowycz, Kasia
Abstract: When journalists compete with bloggers and anyone with a smartphone, on what basis may professional reporters now claim public attention and trust? The profession’s quality criteria have traditionally been tacit, intuitive, and varied rather than codified or standardized. However, accuracy remains a core value. When speed often prevails over accuracy, what exactly does verification mean in everyday practice? Through a series of individual in-depth interviews conducted in Quebec and Ontario, we seek to describe the fact-checking strategies used by a group of award-winning journalists and by a control group of randomly selected journalists. In both groups, we see rigorous methodologies that can be described as “best practices.” Nevertheless, we note a cleavage between spoken ideals and everyday practice in the participants’ discourse.
Document Type: Article dans une conférence
Issue Date: 25 November 2012
Open Access Date: 17 April 2018
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Actes de colloque de la section Journalisme de l’Association canadienne de communication (2012)
Collection:Autres articles publiés

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