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Absolute accuracy is the hallmark of a good journalist. The author suggests that fact-checking needs to be a part of the workflow. (Image "dart board" by Tero Vesalainen via pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Reporter’s refresher: Fact-checking pointers

In the fast-paced digital newsroom it’s easy to forget one of the most critical basics  in our profession: fact-checking. The irony is that fact-checking in journalism—or sadly, the lack of—is

Here's a quick AP lesson on ringing in the new year. ("New Year's Eve" image by "SD-Pictures" via pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

AP Style rules: New year’s edition

Before filing your final end-of-year story, check out these Associated Press style guidelines. They’ll help you finesse the trickier fine points that frequently elude us all. New Year The AP

Six tricks for cutting copy down to size. ("seventy; words" image by RCabanilla via flickr)

Watch that word count! 6 quick tips for editing your copy

Your 500-word assignment has ballooned to 750 words, and there’s no way to shorten it without destroying your carefully crafted prose. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Editing your own copy can

Marilyn Geewax in classroom sm

The art and craft of business reporting

The craft of business reporting has evolved over the last three decades, but the challenge of telling compelling stories has remained constant, according to industry lecturers speaking at the University of

The business profile reconsidered

It’s tempting, I’ll admit it – churning out the business profile. The itch surfaces on the occasional slow week, or the desire to diversify content and step up business coverage seeps

business jargon

Five tips: Deciphering business jargon

Sources really love their jargon—in spite of efforts among enterprising business reporters to persuade them otherwise—marketers and experts frequently refuse to speak plain English. This blog looks at some of

Associated Press rules

8 (more) useful AP style rules for business reporters

Associated Press (AP) style rules challenge even well-established business reporters. That’s no surprise given that the 2015 edition almost exceeds 600 pages. And if you’re not writing for an outlet that

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