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What do you want to know about fact-checking and ethics in journalism?

• December 21, 2017

Updated January 23, 2018:

A recording of this conversation is embedded below. And it needs, unironically, a correction. At 1:20, Korva mischaracterized KPBS in San Diego as a “friend” of NPR, not an NPR Member station. Mark amplified the mistake. Lesson: Everyone needs to double- and triple-check their “facts” — and yes, it’s hard to do so during a live interview.

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One of the most challenging parts of a journalist’s job is thinking through the ethical issues that come up frequently. Should we grant anonymity to someone who’s in the country illegally and fears deportation? When is it necessary to get a parent’s permission before interviewing a minor? Have we been fair to the accused? Does this person understand that their name will “live” on the Internet? And what will we do if they later ask that their name be removed?

Meanwhile, copy editors and stand-alone fact-checking desks are increasingly rare. How do we fact-check ourselves, and what are the 10 (or 15 or 20 or …) most common mistakes we all make that could be avoided?

We want to help — and we want to learn from you. NPR’s Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott will be taking your questions about journalism ethics and fact-checking on Facebook Live on Tuesday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Make sure you’ve subscribed to the NPR Training newsletter to get a reminder when we’re live on the NPR Extra Facebook page. We’ll publish some of the questions and answers on the Training site afterward. 

In the meantime, check out some of Mark’s favorite tools — the accuracy checklist and the NPR ethics guide.