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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.

Review:

"How do those incomparable fact-checkers at the New Yorker do it? Smith used to be one of them (she's now head fact-checker for the New York Times Magazine), and in this tidy little volume, she shares the secrets of her craft. And even for those don't aspire to be a journalist or researcher, Smith's tips are useful: in an information-logged world, we all ought to be able to determine the reliability of what we read. She opens with an excellent lesson in the art of skeptical reading ('do you find the article credible and persuasive??. Occasionally, flat writing can be a tip-off that an author is parroting someone else's ideas'), and she offers a useful discussion of fact-checking procedures at some top newspapers and magazines and helpful (though not comprehensive) lists of reliable resources in subjects ranging from films to wine. Much of the book, however, is for professionals, and the journalists, fact-checkers, researchers and editors at whom this is aimed should find it nearly indispensable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721066
Author:
Smith, Sarah Harrison
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Editing
Subject:
Checkers
Subject:
Handbooks & Manuals
Subject:
Reference-Research
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
dai 307-gåo =
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
81 in.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "How do those incomparable fact-checkers at the New Yorker do it? Smith used to be one of them (she's now head fact-checker for the New York Times Magazine), and in this tidy little volume, she shares the secrets of her craft. And even for those don't aspire to be a journalist or researcher, Smith's tips are useful: in an information-logged world, we all ought to be able to determine the reliability of what we read. She opens with an excellent lesson in the art of skeptical reading ('do you find the article credible and persuasive??. Occasionally, flat writing can be a tip-off that an author is parroting someone else's ideas'), and she offers a useful discussion of fact-checking procedures at some top newspapers and magazines and helpful (though not comprehensive) lists of reliable resources in subjects ranging from films to wine. Much of the book, however, is for professionals, and the journalists, fact-checkers, researchers and editors at whom this is aimed should find it nearly indispensable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 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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