On 10/30/07, Janani Gopalakrishnan <writetojanani(a)gmail.com> wrote:
There is a foolproof method followed by many of us
these days -- it's called
"playback for fact-check" -- we send the final copy for approval to the
interviewee to avoid any discrepancies due to misinterpretation.
i wouldn't say its foolproof as at times the article MAY even after
approval by the interviewee goes back to the uber editor and last
minute ``unfortunate space saving cuts" end up being made :-) At times
important content may end up get mangled or skipped in the process.
interviewees/featured can demand that the journalist show them the EDITED
draft of the article before it goes to print. Just that the interviewee
needs to be prompt in responding with any corrections needed, so that the
editorial process doesn't get delayed. But that avoids most problems.
However, it is possible mainly in the case of
publications/supplements -- I am not sure if it works for dailies.
i cannot comment on that as i do not have the required experience in
the media :-) Perhaps someone who actually does could shed some light