Pre-publication quality control

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Pre-publication quality control:

Pre-publication quality control Program Mission Investigate, Swedish Television

Our mission – search for the truth:

Our mission – search for the truth

Our real driving force – make a great story :

Our real driving force – make a great story

The consequenses – too often:

The consequenses – too often Factual errors Biased selections Unfounded conclusions No response to criticism

Find the mistakes before it´s too late:

Find the mistakes before it´s too late – or you can end up being the one investigated

How could this happen?:

How could this happen? Answer: No system for quality control

The system error:

The system error Reporter's script is fact-checked by a single person - the reporter 

Are we fair?:

Are we fair?

The investigative story:

The investigative story A cannonade of criticism Lots of attention to the victim No critical questions to the people ”on the right side ” As compelling as possible

Treatment of the ”bad guy”:

Treatment of the ”bad guy” Minimum of space Questioned all the way All the focus on the negative Mitigating circumstances ignored As short and dry as possible

New demands:

New demands Not only accurate and unbiased – also fairness and generosity

Demanding crowd-checkers:

Demanding crowd-checkers

Der Spiegel 70 fact checkers:

Der Spiegel 70 fact checkers

Der Spiegel :

Der Spiegel ”We never publish corrections - as we never are wrong”

The New Yorker "We work under the pretense that everything – every syllable - is incorrect ”:

The New Yorker "We work under the pretense that everything – every syllable - is incorrect ”

Mission Investigate Still alive after 14 years – thanks to “line by line”:

Mission Investigate Still alive after 14 years – thanks to “line by line”

Pre-publication quality control:

Pre-publication quality control It starts in the very beginning

Three quality control checkpoints:

Three quality control checkpoints

Meeting in the middle:

Meeting in the middle Are we on the right track?

The discussion :

The discussion

Is there a mitigating circumstance?:

Is there a mitigating circumstance? Why not include it in the story?

The furious reporter tends to:

The furious reporter tends to … see everything in black and white … to neglect unwanted facts … to know all the answers without asking … consider the target to be evil incarnate

Don't ignore the holes in the puzzle:

Don't ignore the holes in the puzzle

The big trap :

The big trap Hit by tunnel vision

Confirmation bias:

Confirmation bias Favouring information that confirms your belief

Consequense:

Consequense Telling true facts - but not the truth

Look up the resistance:

Look up the resistance Seek other explanations Examine the expert Question the victim Confront as early as possible

The sooner the better:

The sooner the better

Advantages early confrontation:

Advantages early confrontation Fact-checking with the real ”expert” Avoiding unpleasant late surprises Time to examine the explanations Easier to get the lie on record Less demonization of the target

When the target refuses – we take it far:

When the target refuses – we take it far Send (part of) manuscript Give a definitive deadline

…and sometimes even…:

…and sometimes even… … offer the target to see the full story

“Line by line”:

“Line by line” – the investigative reporter’s survival kit

The key is verification:

The key is verification Every detail of the story should be traceable to a document or a source

Reporter’s task before line by line:

Reporter’s task before line by line Manuscript word for word All documents in order Get response to all criticism

Editor´s task before ”line by line”:

Editor´s task before ”line by line” Watch the story: The overall picture – is it trustworthy and balanced? Read the manuscript: Mark all facts, conclusions and critizism

Yellow: facts and conclusions Red: criticism :

Yellow: facts and conclusions Red: criticism

”Linebyline” requires concentration :

”Linebyline” requires concentration Closed door No cellphone Clean and complete manuscript All the documents Transcript of key interviews

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Are all facts correct ? Verification through documents : Statements. Names Figures Statistics Quotes Graphics Line by line

FAQs:

FAQs How many are ”some”? How many are ”several”? How many are ”many”? How many are ”hundreds”

Watch out for overstatements:

Watch out for overstatements Everybody says … They haven´t done anything… He was talking to her 24 hours a day… Riots spread throughout the whole country…

The big challenge – and risk :

The big challenge – and risk The reporter draws own conclusions instead of referring others

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Are all conclusions well founded?

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Are all conclusions well founded? Do we have to soften? Or can we sharpen?

£190 million bribe:

£190 million bribe

Response to criticism:

Response to criticism Identify all criticism Informed about all allegations? Chance to response to all? Best arguments?

The target should not be surprised:

The target should not be surprised

The tricky one:

The tricky one How to check the absent facts?

Delicate questions:

Delicate questions Relevant information missing? Would other facts change the general picture? Reason to hide the selection of facts?

The last question:

The last question Anything that bothers the reporter?

If it still goes wrong - the editor is responsible:

If it still goes wrong - the editor is responsible

Not only line by line:

Not only line by line Also frame by frame

Slide57:

We publish an interactive script

Slide58:

Links in the script

Slide59:

Documents and sources

Why are we doing this?:

Why are we doing this? Make it easier for viewers to examine us Help other media do followups Raise the bar for transparency Higher precision in our journalism

Contact and manuals::

Contact and manuals: [email protected] [email protected] svt.se/ug/manuals

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