Washington Post’s Titanic fact error shows importance of fact checking


Poynter reported that fifth graders who had been studying the Titanic disaster discovered a fact error a Washington Post reporter made in writing a story about the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.

The students wrote a letter explaining that the date the Titanic hit the iceberg was a different day than when the Titanic sank. The reporter hadn’t made that distinction.

This is a good reminder about the importance of fact checking our work — whether a news story, blog post or cover letter.

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