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Writing for The New YorkerCritical Essays on an American Periodical$
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Fiona Green

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682492

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.001.0001

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‘We Stand Corrected’: New Yorker Fact-checking and the Business of American Accuracy

‘We Stand Corrected’: New Yorker Fact-checking and the Business of American Accuracy

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(p.36) Chapter 2 ‘We Stand Corrected’: New Yorker Fact-checking and the Business of American Accuracy
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Writing for The New Yorker
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Sarah Cain

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.003.0002

This chapter looks at how modern journalistic writing is fact checked for publication. Supported by what is perhaps the most famous department of fact checking in publishing history, New Yorker editorial philosophy is founded precisely in a sense that ‘the challenge, and the art, lies in confronting the facts and shaping them into something beautiful’. The New Yorker's reputation for fastidiousness over ‘points of fact’ continues to this day. Fact checkers are integral to the editorial process: their purpose is not only to prevent errors from appearing in the magazine, but also to mediate between writer, editor, copy editor, and lawyers. Since The New Yorker does not tend to have assistant or associate editors, checkers fill an essential gap in the editorial machinery.

Keywords:   fact checking, modern journalistic writing, The New Yorker, editorial philosophy, editorial process, fact-checkers, editors

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