(Updated) Few Advice For New Journalists

[Now with my thoughts,opinions, and minor textual changes]



A Poynter journalist, Cristina Tardáguila, wrote a story about what she can learn from TV fact-checkers in Madrid, Spain. Tardáguila describes the 10 elements of fact-checking she learned.

Some, if not most of these points can be applied to many types of journalism because it uses some of the useful techniques to report information effectively. According to the Poynter article, these are their advice ;

  • first lesson: “TV fact-checking requires foresight.”
    • Get public officials on record by using social media.
    • primary source material (For TV especially)
  • second lesson – “during my time in Madrid: Quality fact-checking on TV requires a team of record-keepers — a group that can record, splice, transcribe and store each political statement made during the day. ”
    • This helps speed the fast-checking process.
    • Acts like a live-database for the newsroom, quickly accessing evidence through related keywords.
  • third lesson: “TV fact-checking starts where textual fact-checking — the one that I am so used to — ends.”
    • Once texts are checked from previous recordings, TV is then checked to catch any statements that are false.
      • These are then used for live T.V.
  • fourth lesson: “Writing a TV script takes practice.”
    • This includes many techniques that can also be used in non-television journalism.
      • Dialog are more productive than monologues
      • The fact-checker must know their stuff
      • Prefer simple, relevant vocabulary
      • Put extra data in the script
      • Use short sentences
      • Use graphs and videos to surprise the viewers
      • Use one fact per graph.


While I was reading this article, I kept thinking how applicable this is for people like me. With no experience and knowledge from others in the field, I need to learn about how others practice journalism.Even if their media focus isn’t television.

Another thought that came into mind was how useful this is with the current attitudes toward media , especially reputable news organizations that are now publicly thought to be reporting fake news.

What Tardáguila shared are valuable to know about, especially since it comes from people who are considered the best in their fields. I plan to use some of these advice in the future as I am sure they are useful.



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