Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age


“In the end, the discipline of verification is what separates journalism from entertainment, propaganda, fiction or art," wrote Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach in their excellent book, "The Elements of Journalism."

Verification is at the core of everything we do as journalists. In fact, it's the first thing we do.

Nothing should be published, broadcast or otherwise disseminated until its accuracy has been verified. While online tools might seem to make verification easier than ever, verification has become more challenging because of the overwhelming amount of information flowing in from traditional sources, social media and other networks and avenues. This information can be critical, even game-changing, for the reporting we deliver. But it is also rife with inaccuracy, hoaxes and misinformation.

Fortunately, an abundance of tools, technologies and best practices have emerged that enable all journalists to master the art of verification in the digital age.