You’re sitting at your desk in the newsroom. An editor walks over with a news release and hands it you, saying, “Hey, write something about this real quick, okay?”
What’s your first move?
In the case of Morgan Cook, a reporting student in our grad program just a few years back, she made a call today that saved the newspaper she works for from looking foolish.
And then she wrote about it. Meanwhile, the LA Times is feeling pretty silly. (They should be figuring out how to lure Morgan away from the North County Times, while they’re at it.)
Now, think about your verification habits. Could it happen to you?