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Conducting 15-minute background searches on sources

How can you be sure your expert source doesn’t have a shady past? What if your lead anecdote has a history of insurance fraud? Are you absolutely certain that the physician who gave you such quotable quotes during your interview actually is a doctor? (Don’t snicker — dozens of reporters have been duped before!)

This tip sheet below, based on an AHCJ webinar with Kate Howard of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, provides tips on how to vet every person you interview or otherwise quote in your work, with the goal of reducing the risk of embarrassment to you, your editors and your publication.

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