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Spelling mistakes","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115328,"object_id":"7290746271377641750","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Can you spell Schwarzeneggger? If you're not sure, ASK! Little errors create big questions about your credibility.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115346,"object_id":"729074627_1377641948","particle_type":"image","picture":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-particles-700/729074627_1377641948.jpg"},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115349,"object_id":"7290746271377642008","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"2. Assuming that the \"fact\" someone told you is actually true","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115360,"object_id":"7290746271377642105","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"It's dangerous to take someone's word for facts. Check it out to make sure it's accurate. Beware of hidden agendas or incorrect sources. Remember how CNN incorrectly reported that arrests had been made in the Boston Marathon bombings.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115426,"object_id":"729074627_1377642642","particle_type":"image","picture":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-particles-700/729074627_1377642642.jpg"},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115369,"object_id":"7290746271377642180","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"3. Insufficient attribution","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115375,"object_id":"7290746271377642205","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Did you see it happen? Are you certain it is true? If not, attribute it to your source.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115433,"object_id":"7290746271377642680","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"4. UNDER-REPORTING","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115436,"object_id":"7290746271377642707","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Lazy reporters write boring reports. Rich detail can make your stories memorable.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115438,"object_id":"7290746271377642751","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"5. Reporting \"spin\" as fact","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115442,"object_id":"7290746271377642793","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Just because a public official or business person tells you something doesn't make it true. You must distinguish between someone's opinion (or \"spin\") and reality.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115462,"object_id":"729074627_1377643029","particle_type":"image","picture":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-particles-700/729074627_1377643029.jpg"},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115445,"object_id":"7290746271377642859","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"6. Some things are true and some things are false","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115452,"object_id":"7290746271377642904","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"There aren't always two sides to a story. Four out of ten Texas voters believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, but he is not. You can report the misconception, but you owe it to your audience to tell them what's true.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115484,"object_id":"7290746271377643184","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"7. Just because something's accurate doesn't mean it's fair","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115512,"object_id":"7290746271377643405","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Always give someone who is criticized in a story a chance to respond. Too often in our 24/7 news world, we publish half of the story (the attack) without the rest of the story (the response, the context).","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115549,"object_id":"7290746271377643876","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"8. The conventional wisdom is often wrong","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115554,"object_id":"7290746271377643921","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"One leading pundit declared four days after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that Bill Clinton would soon be forced to resign. Huh? If opinion leaders agreed on something, they aren't necessarily correct. Do your own independent reporting and publish what you believe to be true -- not what establishment voices deem to be true. ","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115577,"object_id":"729074627_1377644255","particle_type":"image","picture":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-particles-700/729074627_1377644255.jpg"},{"type":"particle","particle_id":2115467,"object_id":"7290746271377643064","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"9. 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