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"[T]he fact-checking process can help you sleep better at night if you execute it faithfully."
~ Katie Sanders, managing editor of PolitiFact, as quoted on Poynter
Your reputation as an authority is your most valuable asset, and it is up to you to protect it. Years ago, almost every publication had a team responsible for fact-checking every article. Most large media outlets had teams of specially-trained fact-checkers, while smaller publications required the editorial staff to check the facts of each article they edited. But today, most outlets rely on the writer to fact-check their work and attest to its accuracy.
As an expert, the responsibility for fact-checking your work lies entirely with you. Scrutinizing your work to find errors is not easy, but with a little practice, it will become easier. Here are five steps to help you fact-check your work so you can maintain your credibility with your readers:
Fact-checking is a skill. Anyone can be a better fact-checker, but it takes practice and must be done with intention. Download and use our fact-checking checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
The better you become at fact-checking your work, the more your work will add to your credibility and authority as an expert in your field. And that is worth the extra effort.