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Sources for reporting on unions

The following is an excerpt from a Beat Basics Update by Adam DeRose. You can read the entire update to the ebook here. For experts, economic research and policy reports to inform your reporting,

Checking sources for ‘fake stories’

“Fake news” has become a thorn in the side of reporting. Yes, there are always stories that have failings in bias, bad research, or other problems. But the idea of

Double-check all the things people are sure they know

You’d think this would be a given, but too many business stories incorporate information that, while popularly believed, is simply wrong. If you don’t check statements that business experts, academics,

Checking the validity of a website

I took a free online course at the Knight Center about how to research people and websites. I learned some new tips that have gone into my usual techniques and

Forget the source’s fancy pedigree

You know the drill. You receive a response to an outstanding query, or maybe it’s something tepid coming in over the transom. The email lauds the potential source. Went to

How to fact-check your business story

Whether there’s been a rise in misinformation online or simply more awareness of it, one thing is for certain: news organizations are under more scrutiny than ever. It’s important to

Stop falling for off-the-record interviews

Hearing from people who ask for interviews off the record has become a regular part of business journalism. In my experience, that’s most frequently done by in-house corporate PR people

Don’t use sources who are phonies

If your experience reporting is anything like mine, you’ll constantly hear from people who want to be sources and their reps. It may be in response to a query you

Watch sources for lying

Finding good sources can be a challenge and chances are you spend a good amount of time looking for them. You want someone with knowledge of the topic, perhaps special

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