Posts Tagged: fact checking

Every Editors Nightmare

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“The publisher functions more like an executive producer on a movie,” says the nonfiction author Susan Orlean. A New Yorker writer steeped in its culture of obsessive fact-checking, Orlean has had the converse publishing experience to Shane’s. “I remember being absolutely flabbergasted when I turned in my first book and they said, ‘Terrific, we’ve already […]

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Despite Scandals, Facts Still Unchecked

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The publishing world has been rocked by numerous high-profile scandals in recent years. James Frey’s memoir turned out to be more of a novel, for instance. Yet despite these mistakes, book publishers are still allowing facts to go unchecked leaving open a major source of potential misinformation, reports The Atlantic: And reliance on books creates […]

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Getting the Story Straight

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Ever wonder how the New Yorker gets their facts right? Here’s a hint: it’s not the editor. In an excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry, chapter five, “Fact-Checking at The New Yorker,” explores the evolution of The New Yorker fact-checking department and their efforts to […]

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