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Fact Checking: Making Sure Nonfiction is Truly Nonfiction
Sep 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| $15
So you’ve written an article, blog post, book, or other item of nonfiction and you’re ready to publish. Before you foist it on the public: are you sure each and every fact in your piece is accurate? How do you know? And what steps should you take to be absolutely sure you know what you think you know?
Fact checking is vital to nonfiction writing. Yet budget cuts and an increased pressure to publish—and publish fast—have colluded to drop it from many magazines and other publications. Books? Forget about it: publishers typically don’t invest in independent fact checking, so authors either do it themselves or skip it entirely. And blogs, of course, are always at the whim of the writer. This class will teach you fact-checking basics, whether you’re applying for a job as a fact checker (although rare, they do still exist) or you need to double-check your own writing.
This class is for you if you are: a writer, journalist, or are interested in nonfiction writing. We’ll cover examples of where fact checking failed, from the false reports of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s death in 2011 to the Thanksgiving “Diane” airplane hoax of 2013, both of which were picked up by major news outlets. And, we’ll go through fact checking tips and processes that can help ensure that you won’t make the same mistakes in your own writing.