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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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19 A NOTE ON ETHICS

This book has stressed fairness and accuracy. These give journalism honesty. They also promote the credibility and authority of newspapers and so help defend journalists against their critics. Remember that once in the library, on microfilm or on a database your writings are the stuff of history. Eminent journalists, relying on what someone once wrote somewhere, still report that the Rocket was the first locomotive on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. In fact, it ran on the Liverpool and Manchester.

Accuracy is a matter of interpretation as well as fact. Make sure that figures you quote mean what you say they mean.

As every freelance knows, reports that appear in newspapers can in some respects be inaccurate. The strapline ...

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