We knew we were risking schedule conflicts when Craig Silverman agreed to present a workshop on accuracy and verification for the TBD Community Network while he was in Washington for the Online News Association. Nearly everyone had something else to do (many of them at ONA).
Our audience Thursday was literally one American University graduate student (plus AU co-organizer Sharon Metcalf and me). Because he’s a good sport and because we were taping and Craig wanted an audio version of his workshop, he went ahead with it. We’ll post the slides and podcast later.
The workshop was outstanding. I recommend it highly to anyone organizing any kind of journalism conference or seminar. Craig shares disturbing data about the accuracy and processes of most news organizations. And he shares excellent advice about correcting errors and verifying information.
You can get some of that advice in my liveblog of the workshop. And you can get valuable advice from his Regret the Error blog and book. And I provided some accuracy advice yesterday as well. I hope to bring Craig back to Washington at a better time to present his workshop for a large crowd of TBD staff and our network. Every journalist, every blogger, every person who provides information to the public should hear Craig’s presentation about the causes of errors and how to prevent them.
I’ve been leading and organizing workshops for journalists for 13 years now, and attending classes and workshops for journalists for 38 years. I can’t remember a better one. I’m glad I was one of the lucky few who heard this message. I hope many more hear it. I hope every journalist hears it. Most journalism errors are preventable and Craig shows us how to prevent them.