The 10 Basic Steps of Fact Checking

In Fact Checking, Katrina O'Brien on January 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

This is a reprint of an article I published a while back. Enjoy!

The 10 Basic Steps of Fact Checking

We have all heard the horror stories. We all know the consequences of not having your facts straight in print. Fact checkers at their most romantic are “preservers of truth.” More realistically, she’s the gal who’s gonna make sure you don’t get sued, or at the very least, make sure you don’t look ignorant. She can also let you know if one of your writers is plagiarizing. So how does all this happen?

Step 1: Cold read without marking. This is great if you have time to get an idea of the type and density of the material or just to get a larger picture of text. Usually if time’s a factor, this is the (only) step that can be cut.

Project Highlights

In Archiving, Content Coordination, Editing, Fact Checking, Reprint Permission on January 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

In all projects, there are moments or milestones that one remembers long after a project is done…

Tracking down a long-lost copyright owner of an out-of-print play after the rights had been sold repeatedly.

Finding the smallest irregularity in a manuscript after it had gone past several sets of eyes.

Finalizing the complete catalog of an artist’s life work for his widow.

Confirming plagarism by a freelance journalist who was pulling huge excerpts and presenting them as his own writing.

…There are so many pieces of this work that I enjoy whether it’s in the hunt, the shaping, or even the connections made in each project.

Functional Content

In Katrina O'Brien on January 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Content comes in many forms. Making content work for you requires multiple step from finding to packaging information. Katrina O’Brien offers ten years of experience in the fields of editing, research, archiving, fact checking, content coordination, and reprint permission consultation.